Tuesday, 23 November 2010
The History of Potato Blight - by Jean Wray
The famine relates to several elements of history. The cause was a natural event out of man's ability, at the time, to control. The social consequences were devastating. From death to emigration the Irish population dropped by an estimated 25%. Numbers cannot be accurate as deaths were not registered and the 1841 census of population at 8,173,124 was widely accepted to be an underestimate. At the time Ireland was under British rule and British government were reluctant and slow to give help. Although many landlords did what they could to relieve suffering the political aftermath continues to this day. The blight fungus remains to the present time though now can be controlled. It devastated an already impoverished Society in the 1840s. Even today Irish radio issues warnings when Blight favorable weather is expected.