Jerry Mulvihill (Author of The Truth Behind The Irish Famine)
Irish Potato Famine
As a journalist, Michael Nicholson has reported from 18 war zones over his four-decade career, including periods spent in Vietnam, Israel, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. A million fled. Try to visualize. Try putting it into a modern context, something happening today, something you are watching on television news, an apocalyptic disaster on an unheard-of scale , something that dwarfs Hiroshima. He first undertook the project to defend his own country and the actions of the British government during this time, long since vilified by what he believed were the exaggerated claims of Irish around the world.
The worst year of the period was , known as "Black '47".
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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. - 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 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.