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St Patricks Day As An Irish
358 wordsMany people today feel the celebration of St. Patricks Day is mostly associated with corned beef, cabbage and lots of beer. Some would add that parades including step dancing and music filled with the blare of bagpipes are integral to the festival as well. These characteristics are true, but the celebration is actually a remembrance of the sad and painful history of the Irish. One such event was The Irish Potato Famine, in which a million people died, and over a million and a half fled to Americ...
Irish Potato Crop
439 wordsA hundred and fifty years ago in September, 1845, the Dublin local paper "Dublin Evening Post", reported a "disease in the potato crop". This turned out to be the potato blight which destroyed 40% of the crop that year and almost 100% the next year. The devastation was known as "The Great Hunger" and resulted in wide spread starvation and mass emigration to Britain and the Americas. As a result, the population declined from @8,295,000 to less then 6,000,000 in a few years. In 1845 a fungal disea...
British Racism Toward The Irish
2,885 wordsThe Great Starvation of Ireland I. The starvation in Ireland: 1845-1852 Over the years, the people of Ireland have suffered many hardships, but none compare to the devastation brought by the Irish potato famine of 1845-1857. A poorly managed nation together with ideally wicked weather conditions brought Ireland to the brink of disaster. It was a combination of social, political and economic factors that pushed it over the edge. After a long wet summer, the potato blight first appeared in Wexford...
Irish Potato Famine As Genocide
690 wordsOne hundred fifty years ago in the late summer of 1845 one of the greatest human ecological disasters in the history of the world began in Ireland. A fungus from North America established itself in Ireland and commenced to destroy the potato crop. When the fungus had run its course at least 1 1/1 million, possibly as many as 2 million, Irish had died and another 1 1/2 million had emigrated. No one can fully capture in words the magnitude or the intensity of the suffering and hardship endured by ...
Hunt For Irish McCarthys
766 wordsComic turn The Road to McCarthy by Pete McCarthy 432 pp, Hodder After his rollicking romp around Ireland in the best-selling McCarthy's Bar, Pete McCarthy has now set out on a roistering rollick around the globe. The Road to McCarthy is ostensibly a hunt for Irish McCarthys, all the way from Morocco, New York and Tasmania to Montana and Montserrat; but it reads less like a comic tour of the world than a tour of the world for the sake of being comic about it. Which, to be sure, the book frequentl...
Most Popular Choice Among The Irish Immigrants
1,829 wordsIreland has a great history of war, famine, despair, and hardship. Throughout the years the Irish have come from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. In this paper I will give a history of the Irish people before coming to America, what it was coming here, how they were welcomed to their new home, and how they are faring now. I will also expose many of the stereotypes that the Irish have pinned to them and the reason that they are there. In the early 1800's, the Irish had great success in...
Continuing Struggle And Farrington
1,456 words2. Consider the character Farrington in "Counterparts" and expound upon his character and the social conditions that helped to create him. While it may be hard to like the characters that Joyce gives us in "The Dubliners", I believe you must view these characters with an eye focused upon the oppression of the Irish people and the subjugation of their culture and society by the ruling class of England. The Irish people have a long tradition of rebellion against their alleged English masters and t...
1,311 wordsThe Irish during the times of 1941 to 1945 faced many difficult decisions and had to make sure any actions they took bettered their country. With World War II being the largest war the world had ever seen, involvement at any level meant a lot to a country and would shape relations with other countries for a long time to come. Ireland was torn between its hatred of Britain and its conscience when the time came to pick sides. On one hand, the Irish hated Britain to a great extent; on the other, th...
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