irish imigration

irish imigration
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  • Hi! My name is Mary Clarke. I am a 16 year old living in Dublin, Ireland during the 1800s. I live with my parents and my older and younger brother here as tenants on a farm.
  • My family is Catholic and we go to church near the farm.
  • It isn't an easy life as a poor tenant farmer. Many Catholic farmers, like my family, are considered tenants-at-will and can be evicted from our home with little notice from the landlord.
  • Oats
  • I spend most of my time out in the fields with my father and older brother growing potatoes and cash crops, such as oats and barely.
  • Barley
  • Potatoes
  • In 1845, a lack of food hit Ireland due to an airborne fungus that spread across the countryside killing people's main source of food here, potatoes.
  • Sadly, my mother and younger brother passed away during the Potato Famine, along with almost 1.5 million other Irish men and women who died of starvation or disease.
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