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On holiday in Ireland, I wanted to learn more about the famine because references abounded everywhere we went, i.e. In Clare and particularly Connemara. This is a harrowing account using contemporary sources such as diaries, letters to newspapers and poems and illustrations published in them. The Potato Famine was always known to me but I had no idea of the devastation it caused or the scale of it. Over a 5 year period, 1845-50, the Irish population diminished by nearly 2 million due to death ...more