The Irish Genocide

By: Lizzy Sinning

What? When?

The Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration. It lasted between 1845 and 1852. It is sometimes referred to as the Irish Potato Famine (but not to those in Ireland) because about two-fifths of the population was solely reliant on this cheap crop for a number of historical reasons. During the famine approximately 1 million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the island's population to fall by between 20% and 25%.

Who? Where?

The Great Famine took place in the country of Ireland.

Ireland is located in the United Kingdom in Europe.


How did it happen? With Ireland's growing population, unemployment, appalling residences; Ireland's people were on the brink of starvation.The country had a large dependency on a specific crop; potatoes. The over planting of potatoes cause for the ground to become infertile and stop growing.

Why is the potato famine of such importance?

The famine is of importance because it opened up a controversy on whether or not it was a genocide by the British and if they could have done something about the conditions that Ireland was in.

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