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The Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. During the famine Ireland's population dropped by 20–25 percent, one million people died, and a million more emigrated from the island. The proximate cause of the famine was a potato disease commonly known as potato blight. The blight was so devastating because one third of the Irish population was entirely dependent on the potato for food.


Famine Memorial in Dublin - In Ireland, the Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration between 1845 and 1852.[1] It is also known, mostly outside Ireland, as the Irish Potato Famine.[2] In the Irish language it is called an Gorta Mór (IPA: [ənˠ ˈɡɔɾˠtˠə ˈmˠoːɾˠ], meaning "the Great Hunger")[fn 1] or an Drochshaol ([ənˠ ˈdˠɾɔxˌhiːlˠ], meaning "the bad times"). #neverforget


This chart leads one to believe there was assistance for famine victims. It is misleading,having failed to subdue Irish pride and determination to control their own destiny, England was practicing Genocide, they were exporting nearly all of the food commodities while offering no re leaf for starving millions . If there had been assistance millions would not have died Millions more would not have had to emigrate or die.


VIDEO: The Irish Famine 1845 - 1850: In memory of my Skibbereen ancestors who survived the horrors of the Great Famine


The Irish Land League and Charles Stuart Parnell

A family evicted in Donegal during the Famine in 1848. This was to be continued during the Rent evictions in the 1880s.


The Great Potato Famine, Ireland, 1840s. The poor farmers in Ireland were dependent upon potatoes to survive. Interestingly, despite the huge number or starving people on the island, huge numbers of crops (such as corn and grain) were exported for profit rather than used at home.