The Famine

I love stepping outside the norm (for me) to learn. Today, someone posted a link on the Cork Genealogical Society Facebook page for a 10 minute clip about the potato blight, or the Great Famine. Whatever you decide to call it, I am fine with it. But always remember this, we can learn from many different places and You Tube should be on that list!

Below is a video that gives a lot of information about the famine in just one area of Ireland, with heart wrenching music by Sinead O’Connor.



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  1. Heart wrenching….Added to my bucket list is to pay respects to the famine victims at the cemetary in Skibbereen. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lisa,

      I agree that it is a very heart wrenching video, not to mention the music. Someone posted it either on facebook or twitter and I knew I had to post it here as well. There are many video’s out there that I plan to share has well.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, it is always appreciated.

  2. What a moving and informative video! I had never seen any pictures of the great potato family, nor had I known anything about the “coffin ships” and the number of dead. More than a million dead and a million emigrated sounds like a kind of holocaust to me — and in this case, perhaps, a holocaust of neglect. Ireland’s bitterness toward the British has many causes.

    1. I agree Mariann. So much that we can learn from the You Tube videos. There are so many out there on Ireland and the famine.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, I appreciate it!

  3. Teri..thanks for the response! I think our FB group from the CORK Genealogical society posted it. I think I first watched it there. Slainte!

    1. That is probably where I got it from. Though after I watched it (a few times) I saw that there were a lot of great videos there on the Famine. I plan to watch some more and then post the ones I really like.

      Thanks again for reading and taking the time to comment (on two posts) today!

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