A storyboard created for school, depicting the story of the great potato famine.
Potato travels from USA to Ireland
Irish farmers unhappy
Irish farmers get potato - Irish farmers happy
Some say it washed up on the beaches of Ireland, from the shipwrecks of the Spanish Armada; some say it was brought over by Sir Walter Raleigh. But sometime in the late 16th/early 17th century, the potato arrived in Ireland.
Potato dead; Irish farmers unhappy
Meanwhile, Ireland was in a state of conflict: Irish against English, Local Nobles fighting amongst themselves. This took its toll on the peasant farmers, who didn't have the time to grow food.
Irish farmer dies on ship while trying to immigrate to America
With the potato, things were much better. The potato produced more crops per acre than any crop had before. Some poorer people ate potatoes for every meal, perhaps with some milk. Some tried to warn against being so dependent on a single crop...
Other Irish farmer has immigrated to America. Not very happy, though.
...but it wasn't until 1845 that their biggest fear came to light. There was a blight on the potato crop that caused the potatoes to become soggy and inedible. Since their main food source disappeared, Ireland was put into a famine again.
This caused over a million Irish to leave for America, from the Liverpool port. A lot died, since the living conditions on the ships were so bad: however, there was nothing for them back home but yet more poverty and famine.
Once in America, things weren't really any happier - most of these farmers were Catholic, and not given the best reception. The Protestants in America weren't quite fans. That's sort of another story, though.