Welcome to the Irish Potato Famine.net
A pivotal time in Irish History, the Great Irish Potato Famine is known in history books around the world. Europe’s last famine.
The Great Irish Potato Famine was a period of great starvation, disease and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1852 during which the islands population fell by 20-25 %. The proximate cause of famine was a potato disease commonly known as potato blight. Although blight ravaged potato crops throughout Europe during the 1840s the impact and human cost in Ireland where a third of the population was entirely dependent on the potato for food was exacerbated by a host of political, social, and economic factors which remain the subject of historical debate. The famine was a watershed in the history of Ireland. Its effects permanently changed the islands demographic, political and cultural landscape. For both the native Irish and those in the resulting diaspora, the famine entered folk memory and became a rallying point for various nationalist movements.
This site is dedicated to information about the Great Irish Potato Famine of 1845-1852. During this Great Famine in Ireland, it was a period of starvation and immigration.
The Irish Potato Famine is thought to have claimed the lives of approx. 1 million people in Ireland. A further 1 million people were predicted to have immigrated as a result of the Great Irish Potato Famine.
We hope to offer a little background to the cause of the Irish Potato Famine. Also we will look at some of the stories and images from the Great Famine and how the Irish Potato Famine changed Ireland forever.We hope to have a look at the Poor Law Act of 1838 and how the introduction of the workhouses impacted on the poor starving families.
Look through the pages at the Irish Potato Famine.net and get a sense of the time and what happened during the Great Famine. How Ireland was treated by its neighbours and by its own people. Although Ireland had been colonised by England 200 years prior to the Irish Potato Famine, we will look at the contempt and cruelty of some of the English dignitaries like Charles Trevelyan, we will also look at the Quakers and the British Association who came out of the Irish Potato Famine with great credit.