Britain’s Famine in Ireland

7 Nov

Random Public Journal

By Jason Michael

AN GORTA MÓR – the Irish for the Great Famine of 1845-49 – is Ireland’s version of the well-known but seldom discussed family secret. Generations of Irish emigrants in Britain, North America, and Australia didn’t talk much of the reasons their forebears left their homes in search of new lives abroad. In Ireland itself, with the exception of a handful of books on the subject and its brief coverage in the national education curriculum, the Famine isn’t exactly front and centre in the present day telling of the nation’s story. Until the opening of Epic in Dublin’s docklands, a museum of sorts dedicated primarily to Irish emigration, the deaths of over a million people and the eviction and flight of millions more were marked only by a bronze sculpture of a starving group of people away from the centre of Dublin and a small, well-hidden whitewashed…

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