The effects and legacy of the potato famine on the Irish people is discussed. For many years, the famine was not talked about in Ireland due to the level of trauma and deprivation suffered.

Discuss the role of oral history and folk culture in developing our understanding of the past and the Potato Famine in particular. Ask students how they would judge if a source was reliable. Does it make a difference that events were not discussed for so many years? Find case studies of stories, songs and statements about the famine and talk about what evidence they provide.