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CLIP 11050

Ireland during the great famine of the 1840s

Ireland during the great famine of the 1840s
Key Info
  • Ireland during the great famine of the 1840s
  • Duration: 03:33
  • Two English gentlemen of the 19th century, Lord Dufferin and the Honourable George Boyle, witnessed the poverty of Irish men, women and children in the 1840s. In this period, 1845-50, Ireland suffered a series of famines that are known collectively as the Great Famine. The suffering they witnessed reveals the living conditions, clothing, health, dismal housing, hunger and manner of the people in Skibereen, Ireland. Their description also recalls a near food riot when they tried to deliver bread to the needy in the community. The clip is accompanied by vivid drawings of children and young adults from the time.
  • Subject:



    Industrial Development in the 20th Century

  • Keywords: Ireland, famine, England, housing, homes, disease, Highlands, rural collapse, economy, Skibereen, poverty
Ideas for use in class
  • Who are the real slaves? Compare and contrast the life of slaves in Jamaica and those in Ireland during the 1840s. Who had the 'better' experience of life?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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