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The Irish Famine. By Tom , John , Shauna , and Laura. The main facts. The famine in Ireland started in 1845-1850 The worst year of the famine was 1847 The winter of 1847 is the coldest winter in living memory The blight first came in Waterford and Wexford

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The irish famine

The Irish Famine

By Tom , John , Shauna , and Laura


The main facts

The main facts

  • The famine in Ireland started in 1845-1850

  • The worst year of the famine was 1847

  • The winter of 1847 is the coldest winter in living memory

  • The blight first came in Waterford and Wexford

  • The correct name for blight is Phytopthorainfestans fungus


Irish famine facts

Irish Famine Facts

  • British Prime Minister Robert Peel sent Indian Corn from America but it cost money

  • Millions of people emigrated to places like America but they didn’t get there because the ships would sink or they would with disease

  • In 1840 there was on average 8.5 million people was in Ireland after the famine there was on average 2.5 million left


The irish famine

HELP!

  • Soup kitchens were set up to help people

  • Workhouses were set up to let people live in houses and be feed they were also given jobs

  • They built the roads to no where

  • In soup kitchens they were given soup and bread

  • Soup kitchens only let 100 people in at a time


Evictions

Evictions

  • If people didn’t pay rent they would be evicted

  • Then the sheriffs came and knocked they would throw out the people

  • If the people would not leave they would put the house on fire


Food prices during the famine

Food prices during the Famine

  • The food prices rose immediately

  • Before the famine, men ate about 60 potatoes per day, women ate 45 potatoes per day

  • After the famine people didn’t even eat 2 potatoes per day


Emigration

Emigration

  • During the famine millions of people emigrated

  • In 1854 between 1and a half and 2 million Irish emigrated


Results

Results

  • The results of the famine left millions of people and families homeless


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