Farmers about to be evicted during the Irish famine of the 1840s
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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

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

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Irish famine memorial : photo by William Murphy.  Creative Commons: Some rights Reserved
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Coffin Ship Memorial,Co Mayo Ireland, bronze sculpture located National Famine Memorial, 'Coffin Ship', Westport, Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, Ireland, Sculpture by John Belan commemorating the anniversary of the Irish Famine.

Coffin Ship Memorial,Co Mayo Ireland, bronze sculpture located National Famine Memorial, 'Coffin Ship', Westport, Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, Ireland, Sculpture by John Belan commemorating the anniversary of the Irish Famine.

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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.

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.

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So many textbooks overlook Ireland's Great Hunger and the Irish American story.
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A family evicted in Donegal during the Famine in 1848.     This was to be continued during the Rent evictions in the 1880s.

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

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