Ireland’s Great Famine

Ireland’s Great Famine Cormac Ó Gráda, University College Dublin The proximate cause of the Great Irish Famine (1846-52) was the fungus phythophtera infestans (or potato blight), which reached Ireland in the fall of 1845. The fungus destroyed about one-third of that year’s crop, and nearly all that of 1846. After a season’s remission, it also … Continue reading Ireland’s Great Famine