The historic crisis of the Irish Famine was preceded by many years of stark poverty in Ireland- the subject of this page.
Physical traces of the Great Famine on the Irish landscape can be seen to this day. When you fly over Ireland, or even as you drive through the
countryside you will often spot ridges in the soil, on grassy hills or on boggy
fields, and you might have wondered what these are. You will notice such ridges especially
in the westernmost counties with poor soil. You can see them on my photo above. These ridges are the left over traces of
old potato beds in fields that have probably not been worked since the time of
the Irish famine or shortly after.
Read here about the causes of the
Irish Potato Famine, about facts about the
reality of the Potato Famine, about how the government mismanaged the
Great Famine worsening the crisis, about how the famine changed Ireland,
and finally about how it triggered the murder of landlords.
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