The truth about the irish famine
Jerry Mulvihill (Author of The Truth Behind The Irish Famine)
The Irish Potato Famine (1845–1852)
Please refresh the page and retry. Although Victoria Jenna Coleman was presented as sympathetic towards Ireland's plight, the episode did not shy away from the full horror of the disaster. From , the failure of Ireland's potato harvest devastated the population; a million people died from sickness and starvation, while from more than two million fled the country in a mass exodus. Dependence on a single variety of potato, the Irish Lumper, had made the crop particularly vulnerable to disease, while the exorbitant cost of grain had made it a staple food for the working classes. The crisis was worsened by the export of enormous quantities of Irish crops to Britain, which continued unabated throughout the famine. The motion failed to pass, and Peel's government fell in
The worst year of the period was , known as "Black '47". The event is sometimes referred to as the Irish Potato Famine , mostly outside Ireland. The famine was a watershed in the history of Ireland ,  which from to was ruled directly by Westminster as part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. On a scale comparable to the Napoleonic Wars , the Great Famine in Ireland was amongst the greatest losses of life in 19th-century Europe. The potato blight returned to Europe in , but by that point the Land War , described as one of the largest agrarian movements to take place in 19th-century Europe, had begun in Ireland. When the potato blight returned in the famine the League boycotted "notorious landlords" and its members physically blocked evictions of farmers; the consequent reduction in homelessness and house demolition resulted in a drastic reduction in the number of deaths.
Great Famine , also called Irish Potato Famine, Great Irish Famine , or Famine of —49 , famine that occurred in Ireland in —49 when the potato crop failed in successive years. The crop failures were caused by late blight , a disease that destroys both the leaves and the edible roots , or tubers , of the potato plant. The causative agent of late blight is the water mold Phytophthora infestans. The Irish famine was the worst to occur in Europe in the 19th century. The Great Famine was caused by a failure of the potato crop, which many people relied on for most of their nutrition.
The infestation ruined up to one-half of the potato crop that year, and about three-quarters of the crop over the next seven years. Because the tenant farmers of Ireland—then ruled as a colony of Great Britain—relied heavily on the potato as a source of food, the infestation had a catastrophic impact on Ireland and its population. Before it ended in , the Potato Famine resulted in the death of roughly one million Irish from starvation and related causes, with at least another million forced to leave their homeland as refugees. With the ratification of the Acts of Union in , Ireland was effectively governed as a colony of Great Britain until its war of independence in the early 20th century. English and Anglo-Irish families owned most of the land, and most Irish Catholics were relegated to work as tenant farmers forced to pay rent to the landowners. When the crops began to fail in , as a result of P. Still, these changes failed to offset the growing problem of the potato blight.
In , Ireland was part of the United Kingdom, which was the richest and most powerful nation in the world. Ireland was producing a surplus of food. However, between and , more than 1. A half million people were evicted from their homes, often illegally and violently, during the potato blight. Another 1. The famine left a scar so deep within the Irish people, that it set in motion a war that would finally gain Ireland its independence from Britain in