Old Irish Letters - The Great Irish Famine

On September 13, 1845, Death and his sister Misery swept over Ireland closely following one single crop failure, a potato blight, which came to be known as the Great Famine, the Great Hunger, the Famine, the Irish Potato Famine, an Gorta Mór, meaning the Great Hunger and an Drochshaol, meaning the bad life.

This gripping miniseries tells the powerful and instinctual story of the worst man-made exodus from a single island in history, following the tragedy from the moment of the first alarming report through the disease, starvation and loss of life for over 1 million people and emigration by coffin ship for a further 2.1 million, during the ensuing days, weeks and months, lasting seven years.

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This is an unfolding letter story beginning on the eve of the Irish famine in 1845.

Finally understand the tumultuous years of 1845 to 1852, through a series of private letters from every corner of Ireland, offering insights into the journey of the people who left and those who stayed behind.

These letters showcase stories of resilience, struggle and the indomitable human spirit, with quotes, newspaper articles, reports and supporting context so that you understand your Irish heritage and ancestors in greater depth.

Letter details, people, events and timelines are thoroughly researched and follow the evolving story of the Irish famine and mass emigration from all sides, spanning seven years, encompassing Ireland, England and America. Upgrade or click through to read some of the 5 star reviews below.