Below Minto’s Hill, lies the Irish Cemetery. A burial ground, used for staff of the Island during the Leprosy Settlement and Convict Station until 1923 and for residents of the island, many of whom were of Irish descent. In the aftermath of the potato famine, a large population of Irish settled on the Island, nicknaming it ‘Irish Town’. They worked in the infirmary and in the village precinct, built churches and provided help for the lepers on the Island.
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