Famine Memorial in Dublin - In Ireland, the Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration between 1845 and 1852. It is also known, mostly outside Ireland, as the Irish Potato Famine. In the Irish language it is called an Gorta Mór (IPA: [ənˠ ˈɡɔɾˠtˠə ˈmˠoːɾˠ], meaning "the Great Hunger")[fn 1] or an Drochshaol ([ənˠ ˈdˠɾɔxˌhiːlˠ], meaning "the bad times"). #neverforget
During our tour of Ireland, we saw many "famine houses", some nearly complete and some crumbling. The Great Irish famine of the 1840′s is now regarded as the single greatest social disaster of 19th century Europe. Between 1845 and 1850, when blight devastated the potato crop, in excess of two million people – almost one-quarter of the entire population – either died or emigrated.
Coffin Ship National Memorial, County Mayo, Ireland whose rigging is skeletons - commemorating the 1845-52 Irish famine when millions died or fled and 30% of those on the ships lie in the sea. Ireland's largest bronze, unveiled in 1997.