Luck o' the Irish to you, Falter Fans!
“The scene is Grosse Isle, Canada, near Quebec on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Dawn has broken, revealing several packet ships in the harbor bearing famine ridden immigrants from Ireland. A ship at the crude dock is unloading the last of its cargo of men, women and children from its crowded hold, part of the largest immigration of ethnic people in the 19th Century.”
Print: 15" x 22"
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The Great Famine (Irish: an Gorta Mór or the Great Hunger (aka the Irish Holocaust) was a period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1849. It is sometimes referred to, mostly outside Ireland, as the Irish Potato Famine, because about two-fifths of the population was solely reliant on this cheap crop for a number of historical reasons. During the famine, about one million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the island's population to fall by between 20% and 25%.
The proximate cause of famine was potato blight, which ravaged potato crops throughout Europe during the 1840s. However, the impact in Ireland was disproportionate, as one third of the population was dependent on the potato for a range of ethnic, religious, political, social, and economic reasons, such as land acquisition, absentee landlords, and the Corn Laws, which all contributed to the disaster to varying degrees and remain the subject of intense historical debate.
The famine was a watershed in the history of Ireland, which was then part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The famine and its effects permanently changed the island's 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 Irish nationalist movements. The already strained relations between many Irish and the British Crown soured further, heightening ethnic and sectarian tensions, and boosting Irish nationalism and republicanism in Ireland and among Irish emigrants in the United States and elsewhere.
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All the best,
Dobey and the museum crew