The Famine

Over the week in history Fifth and Sixth have been learning about the famine. In Irish the famine is known as `An Gorta Mor` the counties worst hit by the famine were Rosscommon, Leitrim and Longford. This was mainly because after the famine the people from these counties continued to emigrate. The population fell from 10 million in 1841 to 5 million in 1851, though it is hard to know the exact numbers.Some say 3 million people perished. The famine was also known as the great hunger as there were many other famines. The most recent famine was in 1893. This took place in the west of Ireland. 

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