The dramatic story of Liverpool and the Irish Potato Famine
‘The Great Hunger’ was the name given to the Irish Potato Famine of 1845 and 1846. During this entirely man-made catastrophe at least 500,000, and probably nearer 2 million people, died of starvation.
This talk tells how this all came about and what the effects and impacts were on the peoples of Ireland and of Liverpool. This is because 2 million Irish people came through Liverpool to escape poverty, exploitation, and starvation, and 300,000 of them stayed in the already overcrowded town.
The story continues with how Liverpool and its people reacted to this crisis, and how the Irish went on to become an essential part of the great community of the City. They joined the hundreds of thousands of immigrants from across the globe, who, over the centuries, also added to the wonderful cultural mix that is modern Liverpool ~ ‘The World In One City’.