How Many People Died In The 'Potato Famine' Of Ireland?


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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Nearly 1 million died and 1.5 immigrated.
Akshay Kalbag Profile
Akshay Kalbag answered
It is estimated that between 500,000 and more than one million people died in Ireland during the Irish Potato Famine, also known as the Great Famine or the Great Hunger. The Irish Potato Famine began in 1845 and went on for four years.

The famine broke out as a result of the blight, which was a deadly potato fungus that wiped out a majority of the potato crop, which supplied the Irish with their staple food. The after-effects of the Irish Potato Famine lasted until 1851, and even spread to countries where the Irish migrated, such as Great Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia. The movement of people of Irish origin to these countries, where they have a large presence even today, is known as the Irish Diaspora. Irish Potato Famine is apparently attributed, to a very large extent, to the presence of two million refugees, who moved in to Ireland and caused large-scale inflexibilities in the Irish diet, which mainly comprised of a single crop, namely the potato.
Shelagh Young Profile
Shelagh Young answered
The Irish Potato Famine lasted from 1845 to 1849. It is estimated that between 500,000 and 1 million people died as a result of the famine. Many more emigrated in a desperate attempt to save their families from starvation and mass unemployment. Although potato blight, the disease which led to the loss of potato crops, was the trigger for the disaster the causes of the famine were complex. Landholdings had diminished as inherited land was parcelled out into smaller and smaller areas until potatoes were the only crop a family could grow in sufficient quantities to survive. As in many parts of the world the best land was held by the wealthy, including the churches, and many smallholders had to make use of marginal and less fertile land. To make matters worse taxation introduced by the British penalised those small-scale farmers who improved the value of their land by achieving greater productivity. Absentee British landlords exported food crops and livestock for profit even at the height of the famine highlighting the utter disregard for the value of poor people's lives.
Selena Peirce Profile
Selena Peirce answered
Being half Irish born in the states of course I know a lot about the
Famine the population of Ireland before  the Famine was 8million and
after wards it was just under 4million the population of the country and
a lot died after because of recurring health problems after the lack of
Sudipa Sarkar Profile
Sudipa Sarkar answered
The Great Famine, also known as Potato Famine as well as The Great Hunger, in Ireland stroked the country in the most devastating manner and became a painful historical event. It was started in the beginning of 1845 and lasted for 6 years long. Between 1800 and 1845, 16 food scarcities occurred in various parts of Ireland and during the famine this scarcity became national for the first time affecting the country as a whole and hence resulting a helpless death over a million of Irish people including men, women and children, causing another million to run away from the country. Though in the first year of famine, the deaths from starvation were kept into control by importing Indian crops as well as a significant amount of reserved original potato crop, but the disease in potato crops lasted for 3-4 consecutive years causing the one of the most destructive catastrophes in world history.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
A lot of people died but not sure about the date but it last about 4 years!!!!!
Gillian Smith Profile
Gillian Smith answered
The collective number of people who died in the Potato Famine is not really known.

The growth in the population after 1810 lead to large families little able to support themselves on very limited resources with very small plots of land on which to cultivate any crop.

The Famine was also known as An Gorta Mor or the Great Hunger. Ireland has many Famine Grave Yards and these are a sad reminder of the thousands of nameless people who died and are buried there.

The pototo failure was caused by a blight which began in America and was brought in to Ireland, Britain and Europe by boat. Many areas of Europe were affected but tnot on the scale of Ireland which suffered most. The population declined dratically and the west was worst hit. Many areas did manage to escape the ravages of the blight but nearly all were affected.
Over1i million souls had to leave Ireland for Britain or Canada, America and Australia.

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