Wautoma Area School District

"The Great Hunger" in Ireland

March 17

All-Day Event


Because the potato was easy to grow under a variety of conditions and a good source of food, it became the dominant crop in Ireland. When a fungus ruined the potato crop in three out of four seasons between 1845 and 1849, an estimated 750,000 Irish people, weakened by hunger, died from disease and starvation and another 2 million emigrated to Britain, Canada, Australia, and the United States. "The Great Hunger," also known as the Great Famine or Irish Potato Famine, is considered by many to be the most tragic event in Irish history. Enacted April 20, 2004, from the 2003 Laws of Wisconsin, Act 305. - See more at: http://eis.dpi.wi.gov/eis_observe#sthash.88hFqyq3.dpuf Back to Calendar

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