Local history project by pupils of St. Patrick's B.N.S, Castlebar


Why did so many people die?  

Because so many people depended on potatoes for nourishment, many starved to death when the blight destroyed the potatoes.


Why does famine happen even nowadays?  

Places that are poorer (third world countries) that usually depend on only a few crops to eat can experience famine if the crop is damaged or fails to grow. This sometimes happens in hotter countries when little or no rainfall means the crops fail to develop or even die.


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Why would famine not happen in Ireland nowadays?  

In Ireland nowadays, we have lots of different food. If the potato crop failed, we could eat rice or pasta with our dinner. But we might miss chips!