The Great Potato Famine, Ireland, The poor farmers in Ireland were dependent upon potatoes to survive. Despite the huge number or starving people on the island harvests of corn and grain were exported for profit rather than used at home.
Mayo, Ireland Photographers note -The village was deserted during the Irish Potato Famine, (genocide). The stone walls of the houses are still there but the straw roofs are long gone. Very interesting, beautiful, sad place.
One of the many tragic ironies of famine stricken Ireland is that as people died of starvation, thousands of tons of grain that could have saved them was instead shipped out of the country by the English.
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. My ancestor, William Casey, May have lived in a house like this before he went to Scotland in about
Famine Memorial in Dublin - In Ireland, the Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration between 1845 and It is also known, mostly outside Ireland, as the Irish Potato Famine. In the Irish language it is called an Gorta Mór.