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The Irish Dresser (an Gorta Mor, 1845-1850)
The Irish Dresser: A Story of Hope During the Great Hunger (an Gorta Mor, 1845-1850) by Cynthia G. Neale During the Irish Famine from 1845?1850 over a million people perished due to hunger and fever. Thousands of ships brought more than two million Irish people to North America in search of food. The Irish Dresser is the saga of the McCabe family who struggle to survive during this difficult time. When thirteen-year-old Nora McCabe crawls into the old dresser that sits next to the hearth
The Great Irish Famine (an Gorta Mór) was known internationally as the Irish Potato Famine as a result of the potato blight disease which devastated the crops that up to a third of the population depended upon as a staple food. Three million people relied on the potato for over 90 per cent of their calorie intake. In these circumstances, the crop failure left one million dead and two million emigrating to England, Scotland, the United States, Canada and Australia over the following two decade
Season One, Episode 15: Two Tales from the Irish Famine.
In this podcast (Letter from Ireland show Season 1, Episode 15) we look back at the Irish famine of the mid 1800s, and the ways in which the news of the Irish Famine spread throughout the world. #IrishFamine #IrishHeritage
Old Leaves Reveal Cause Of Great Famine
Potato Famine--cause--found it was a single strain of the funguslike pathogen Phytophthora infestans -- not the common strain of blight that had long been the prime suspect. It is the first time that scientists have decoded the genome of an ancient plant pathogen and its plant host from dried leaves—and the team found it was a strain that has vanished.