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Irish Potato Famine - all because the British shipped food, grain, etc to other countries to make money, starving the Irish people who not rich.

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from The Huffington Post

Old Leaves Reveal Cause Of Great Famine

Cause Of Great Potato Famine revealed/More than 1 million died between 1845-1854 causing 1 million to emigrate & fueling tension between Irish Catholics & Protestants. Now DNA sequencing of dried leafs of the "Irish lumper" potato, the genome of the organism causing the blight has been found to be a single strain of a fungus like pathogen Phytophthora infestus. May 24, 2013

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Did the Irish Famine trigger mental illness in future generations of Irish? Irish historian Oonagh Walsh believes that the Great Hunger triggered a higher rate of mental illness among later generations, including both those who stayed in Ireland and those who emigrated.

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Severity of the Famine in 1847. Farmers in the east depended on cereal crops, those in Ulster grew flax, only small farms of west and partts of Munter potatoe in a monopolistic position. 30% of Irish wholly dependant on potatoes for food.

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Day 71 - Amazing memorial to those lost on "Coffin Ships" during the wave of famine-escaping immigration. This is at the base of Croagh Patrick.

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