The Journal Quilts

The Famine in Ireland lasted from 1845 – 1852 and it was a disaster of unimaginable proportions. Over 1 million people died of starvation and disease, and another 1 million emigrated from the country – that was out of a population of just over 8 million. The lasting effect is that Ireland is the only major European country of any size that has a smaller population today than it had 100 – 150 years ago – something like 4.5 million in the North and South combined today.