As the harvest of 1845 approached, rumours circulated through Ireland that a mysterious disease was attacking the potato crop. While well informed botanists in London grew increasingly anxious about what lay ahead, many Irish peasants dependent on potatoes had little idea what was happening. When the harvest did fail, the Great Famine had begun. Terror gripped the population and I look at what the British authorities did to respond.
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In this episode I take my recorder and look around my neighbourhood in Dublin for the history of the Great Famine. Unsurprisingly I didn’t have to venture far. With the Women’s Prison, the North Dublin […]