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The Lumper Schools Project

Lumper potatoes

The Lumper was the main variety of potato grown in Ireland during the first half of the 19th century. It was particularly well adapted to grow in poor or wet-footed soils.

Schools throughout Ireland will have an opportunity to sow Lumper potatoes this spring as a way of remembering the victims of the famine of the 1840s.

The Committee for the Commemoration for Irish Famine Victims (CCIFV) have teamed up with Glens of Antrim Potatoes to make seed potatoes available to all schools in Ireland.

One of the iconic symbols of the Great Famine in Ireland is the Lumper potato, the very variety upon which so many Irish people depended. Its destruction by blight from 1845 onwards led directly to the outbreak of the Famine.

The potatoes should require very little care, and the process of planting, tending and hopefully eating the crop will be an interesting way to help pupils to commemorate and remember the victims of An Gorta Mór, and those who suffer in famine and hunger today.

How to get your Lumpers

For your school to receive a free pack of seed Lumper potatoes, it is best if the principal teacher or a nominee would send an email to, with your own contact phone number and an email address.

When planting time arrives, the free packs of Lumper seed potatoes can be collected from a school’s most convenient collection point. To date, the following venues have been confirmed as collection points, but we anticipate adding more places to the list as the project develops. Schools will be informed of their nearest collection point and other relevant details when they contact the CCIFV. If a number of schools in the same area are interested, we will accommodate this, of course, provided it is confirmed what schools are involved. It will not be possible to provide packs of Lumpers to anyone who just arrives at a distribution centre without representing a school that has gone through the application process:

  • CCIFV headquarters, at 53 Raheen Close, Tallaght, Dublin.
  • Strokestown Famine Museum, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.
  • Athenry Heritage Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway.
  • Carrickmacross Workhouse, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.
  • Portumna Workhouse, Portumna, Co. Galway.
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross, Co. Wexford.
  • Cosy Cottage, Ballinglanna, Currane, Achill, Co Mayo.
  • 16 Ashbrook Close, Mountbellow, Co Galway (Martin Curley)

More information

The Schools Lumper Project

How to Grow Lumper Potatoes

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