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Teaching topic: The Great Famine / An Gorta Mór: Home

This guide pulls together resources on the famine in Ireland (1845-1852) for teaching purposes.


The Great Famine of 1845-1849 was not the first famine to hit Ireland but it was highly significant in terms of its death toll and prolonged duration over a 4 year period. Its consequences were huge. Debate over the British government's management of the crisis led to a worsening of relations between Britain and the Irish people. The mass emigrations which took place as a direct result of conditions in Ireland during the Famine impacted families, Irish culture and the Irish language. The Famine is a recurring unit that crosses several areas in the primary curriculum. This guide aims to pull together our top picks of the many resources available as an aid to teachers.

'Famine' (1997) by Dublin sculptor Rowan Gillespie on Custom House Quay, Dublin

© Copyright Christine Matthews and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence


Permanent Famine exhibitions

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