Ireland's Famine of 1845

Sean Ross Abbey, a home run by nuns in County Tipperary, from where 438 babies were secretly exported to the US for adoption. Photograph: Br...

Celtic: One of the oldest texts in Ireland is the "Leabhar Gabhala" ("Book of Invasions"). It is a semi-mythical account of the peoples who settled in Ireland in prehistorical times. The first to arrive were a small dark race called the Fir Bolg (Men of the Bag or Belly), and the last to fully established itself as rulers were the Milesians---the sons of Mil, a soldier from Spain. Modern DNA research has confirmed that the Irish are close genetic relatives of the people of northern Spain.

'The 1841 census graded houses in Ireland into four classes. The lowest class consisted of mud and thatch cabins of a single windowless room like this'

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.

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

Ireland was the greatest victim of British slave trade. *We never learned about Irish slavery in school. I find it appalling that this chapter of our history was erased. bcb*

Hitler partying,while.millions sre murdered,starving,freezing,sick, being tortured,experimented on,etc.

African slaves were very expensive (50 Sterling). Irish slaves were cheap (no more than 5 Sterling) and most often were either kidnapped from Ireland, or forcibly removed. They could be worked to death, whipped or branded without it being a crime. Many times they were beat to death and while the death of an Irish slave was a monetary setback, it was far cheaper than the death of an expensive African. African slaves were treated much better in Colonial America.

An unidentified, thoroughly interesting, and fun looking Irish family from the 1890s.

The Famine in Ireland

AT THE POT, CIRCA 1915-1922 photograph by A.W. Cutler and shows barefoot children eating potatoes and milk outside a cottage in Ireland with an older woman

Allied authorities required local farmers to drive their loaded carts through the town of Dachau while residents were made to watch.

The Vikings arrived in Ireland in the late 8th century. Over the next several decades they settled in the country and built towns which would grow to become the major Irish cities of today. Their key settlement was Dublin.

The penal laws in Ireland: made it illegal for Irish Catholics to own land, lease land, vote, hold office, live in a large town, seek an education, and enter a profession or serve in the military...among a host of other discriminations.

The Hill of Tara, one of the most revered spiritual sites in Ireland, is a place where druids held festivals, priestesses were trained and shaman’s rites were performed. Dating back to about 4000 B.C.

Belfast, Ireland - 1973 OMG the memories.....these bastards slaughtered us....I was there, I KNOW.....

3-masted barque 'Penang' in dry dock at Millwall 1932 / London

London Street Life, late 1800s. Click to see the rest. Lots of interesting "day in the life..." shots.

Dressing Southern style with a huge hoop petticoat!