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  1. The Irish Famine By Ailbhe ,Amanda,Ryan

  2. How it started ? • The famine started in 1845 • Potato blight was first noted in Waterford and Wexford • Half of the crop had failed from the fungus “phytoptherainfestans “ • Robert Peel, sent meal and corn also known as maze to Ireland for the starving people

  3. But......... • The corn was sold at market prices so people could not buy it and they still starved. • Lord Russell chose to not send corn to Ireland because he felt people grew other crops. • He did not know that they had to be exported to Britain. • People did not have work, money or food which resulted in people dying.

  4. Emigration • In 1846 lots of people still emigrated. • They emigrated because they could not find work in Ireland. • A ticket for the ship costed 3 pounds • The Quakers helped but there was an increase in emigration.

  5. Eviction • If you did not pay your rent you were evicted from your home • Lots of people were evicted from their homes and left at the side of the road • Their houses were burnt down

  6. Workhouses • When workhouses first opened very few people visited them. • However as food became more and more scarce many people over came their dislikes of workhouses. • Soon workhouses became packed as people desperately tried to find food and shelter.

  7. Black 47 • 1847 was known as black 47 • A hard winter in 1847 made conditions even worse. • A horrible disease called typhus spread across Ireland. • Soup kitchens were established in winter of 1847.

  8. Thank you • Thanks for watching our power point i hope you liked it from ailbheamanda and ryan