The Great Famine

The Great Famine was a horrible mass of starvation for Ireland between 1845 and 1849. It will go down in Irish history for ever and will never be forgotten.
The famine started in 1845 and went on until 1849. One of the main reasons the famine began was blight. Blight was a disease that made the potato rot. At this time Ireland’s main food was potatoes so it affected Ireland a lot. Blight originated in Canada and then made its way to Europe.
You might wonder why they did not fish?, well in 1845 many people sold their boats so they could buy food and pay the rent on their land. Another reason is they thought when you fished you were cursed.
You might also wonder why they did not have bread and why were potatoes their only food. It is because the English used it for themselves.
1847 also known as Black 47 was the worst year for the famine. 200,000 people were evicted from their homes and left on the side of the road to die. This was because of landlords. Landlords were mean and nasty people who collected rent of the farmers for their land and sometimes collected extra. If you could not pay the rent you were evicted.
After four very long years the famine finally ended in 1849.
In my opinion the famine was the worst recorded event in Irish
history.

Sean Murphy, 5thclass

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