What Happened During the Great Irish Famine?: A starving family digging for potatoes, as depicted in the Illustrated London News in 1847

What Happened During the Great Irish Famine?

What Happened During the Great Irish Famine?: A starving family digging for potatoes, as depicted in the Illustrated London News in 1847

Memorial to potato famine in Dublin, Ireland; http://www.pinterest.com/pin/526217537681790604/

Memorial to potato famine in Dublin, Ireland; http://www.pinterest.com/pin/526217537681790604/

Irish sculpture in Cork says Thanks to the American Indians who helped them during the Irish Famine

Irish sculpture in Cork says Thanks to the American Indians who helped them during the Irish Famine

A Monument to the Great Famine in the shadow of Ireland's "holy" mountain Croagh Patrick.

A Monument to the Great Famine in the shadow of Ireland's "holy" mountain Croagh Patrick.

During our tour of Ireland, we saw many "famine houses", some nearly complete and some crumbling. The Great Irish famine of the 1840′s is now regarded as the single greatest social disaster of 19th century Europe. Between 1845 and 1850, when blight devastated the potato crop, in excess of two million people – almost one-quarter of the entire population – either died or emigrated.

During our tour of Ireland, we saw many "famine houses", some nearly complete and some crumbling. The Great Irish famine of the 1840′s is now regarded as the single greatest social disaster of 19th century Europe. Between 1845 and 1850, when blight devastated the potato crop, in excess of two million people – almost one-quarter of the entire population – either died or emigrated.

The Great Famine – Ireland's Holocaust. Read more about the Irish Potato Famine on Ireland Calling

The Great Famine – Ireland's Holocaust. Read more about the Irish Potato Famine on Ireland Calling

Irish famine memorial : photo by William Murphy.  Creative Commons: Some rights Reserved

Irish famine memorial : photo by William Murphy. Creative Commons: Some rights Reserved

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