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Project "The Great Famine"

school year 08/09

The Famine.

1. "The Workhouse" made by Aaron Hearne : 6th.class

2."A Farmhouse" made by Laura Hearne: 6th. class.

3. "A Cottage" made by Jason O' Neill and Shane Doyle :5th.class

4. "A Farm Shed" made by Tara Smith : 5th. class

Our Famine Acrostic.

F is for food to stay alive.

A is for abandoned homes.

M is for mother who tried her best.

I is for indigent- we have no money.

N is for nothing to eat.

E is for emigration- many people left Ireland during the Famine.

Blight strikes in Ireland.

Blight arrived in Ireland from 1845-1850 and the first time it arrived, it wasn't that bad. Then the second time it was really bad. They had damp and warm weather in Europe.

Potatoes were the main food for many of Europe's poorer people,in the 19th. century, particularly in Ireland as they were easy to grow and yielded good crops.

Many families grew all their food on tiny plots of land perhaps no bigger than our school yard.

Fungi will thrive in damp warm conditions. For this reason they are quite active during the autumn here in ireland.

By Dylan Potter.


Evictions happened when a landlord kicked out a family when they couldn't pay their rent and then burnt down their cottage.
Most of these people died on the side of the road. Others lived on soup kitchens or went off to the workhouse. Many people didn't have money for tickets to leave the countrey.
Every three months the landlords workers came for the rent. If you had no money, you had no house.
There were two different kins of landlords :the kind ones who gave people jobs and more time to pay the rent or the bad ones who just kicked you out.
A pig was used to pay the rent. The pig was raised and when sold the money was used to pay the rent.
it wasn't just poor people who got evicted everyone did even farmers.

By Aaron Hearne. 6th Class

Soup Kitchens

Soup kitchens were started in the winter of 1847. About three million people were fed.

The first soup kitchen opened in Dublin. In the middle of most soup kitchens was a big soup boiler.

People queued for hours outside. When the bell rang, they rushed in, ate their soup, were given a small piece of bread and left by the back door. The bell rang again another 100 or more people hurried into the soup kitchen and got their soup.

Soup kitchens saved many lives, but many people died because of Famine fever. To this day there are still soup kitchens in Ireland. So that's my summary of the soup kitchen.

By Áodhan Foley 6th Class

The Workhouse.

A workhouse is the place where people with no money or food had to go during the famine.These poor starving people were given food and lodgings.
In the workhouse, men were in one section, women in another,and children in a third section.Parents were separated from their children.
The workhouses became packed because people had no money left to buy food, so they were desperate for food. Famine fever spread quickly in cramped conditions. So many people died and the men were so weak, they weren't able to dig enough graves for everyone so they dug a big hole and threw everybody in on top of one another.
For food in the workhouse, they got soup because it was cheap to make.
130 workhouses were set up around the country. The Irish had a great dislike of the workhouse system and only entered as a last resort. The people fled to Britain, America , and Canada.

By Michael Feeney. 6th class.

Results of the Famine.

Ireland changed in many ways as a result of the famine.

  • People stopped speaking the Irish language, as they needed English to get work.

  • The population dropped from 8.5 million to 2.5 million because so many died or left the country.

  • The most effected were the farmers because they grew potatoes, and blight had destroyed their crops.

  • Patrick Kennedy, the great- grandfather of the former President of America, John F. Kennedy, emigrated from Wexford during the famine.

  • Nowadays if we hear about famine in another country we try to help by sending money and aid so they don't have to suffer as Ireland did.

By Aidan Breen 5th.class

Results of the Great Famine.

  • Around three million people from Ireland died or emigrated in the famine between 1845 and 1855.

  • The famine changed Ireland in many ways. It was mostly the small farmers and labourers who suffered the most.

  • The Irish language became scarce and people began to speak much more English. It was easier to earn a living if you spoke English.

  • Famine is not a thing of the past, it is a thing of the future and the present.

  • Irish people help lots of countries who have famine. We have charities such as Bóthar and Concern.

  • We are helping people everywhere because we now know what damage famine can do.

By Róisín Doolan 5th.class

Famine in the World Today.

Famine can be caused by many things, drought, floods, volcanoes, war and earthquakes. Unfortunately famine is still in the world today.

Africa has the worst famine in the world. There are many other countries with Famine like India and China.

People are suffering because of starvation and sickness that are caused by famine.
There are many people trying to help. Refugee camps have been set up to give people food , shelter and protection from war. Feeding centres have been set up by foreign governments in Somalia to feed starving people. Bóthar have been helping with the Famine by providing animals to feed and keep people's crops healthy.

By Paul Clarke 6th.class

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