Severity of the Famine in Farmers in the east depended on cereal crops, those in Ulster grew flax, only small farms of west and partts of Munter potatoe in a monopolistic position. of Irish wholly dependant on potatoes for food.
Cause Of Great Potato Famine: Now DNA sequencing of dried leafs of the "Irish lumper" potato, the genome of the organism causing the blight has been found to be a single strain of a fungus like pathogen Phytophthora infestus
In 1879 alone over Irish people were evicted from their land and left to starve. They had very little land and were unable to grow enough crops to feed themselves and pay the ren. Charles Stuart Parnell, Irish Land League, Evictions in Ireland
Irish history for St Patrick's Day - Beginning in the the Irish were evicted by greedy landlords, which were primarily English, living in England. Once the famine began, the evictions became rampant, leaving the Irish homeless in their own land.
OP: "Mayo, Ireland Photographers note -The village was deserted during the Irish Potato Famine. The stone walls of the houses are still there but the straw roofs are long gone. Very interesting, beautiful, sad place.
Teeth of Irish famine victims reveal scientific markers for starvation
Irish Immigration: In 1840 America saw a dramatic increase in irish immigration due to the potato famine in Ireland. Their immigration led to settlement in eastern cities like New York and Boston. This also led to competition for jobs.