I will be finishing up #StainedGlass in the next 6 months. My research for it taught me so many horrific events during the Great Hunger of 1845-1849. It wasn’t a famine, there was food in Ireland, but it was shipped abroad. I was delighted to hear that the #ITV series #Victoria dealt with the story of the Great Hunger. Time to really dive into history and learn the truth about the #GreatHunger #AnGortaMor
Multiple reports have appeared recently regarding the shock British viewers of the ITV series Victoria felt when viewing a recent episode about the Irish famine of 1845-1849.
Irish Central’s report of viewers in the U.K. being upset by scenes of the #GreatHunger in #Victoria was followed by the Irish Post and RTE. The upset was due in part, according to the Express UK to viewers’ shock that they were not taught the history of the famine and the fact that over 1 million people died and another one million emigrated during the years 1845-1849.
My guess is that the scenes were sanitized for TV. I mean, how on earth can you show a line of weak and frail bodies being swept of a cliff by a gust of wind? How can you show a mother eating the flesh off her dead son’s leg? And how can you show rats and dogs eating corpses without really telling the true story of the Great Hunger. And how on earth could you show bodies being dragged with boat hooks off coffin ships arriving in Canada.
Let’s stop calling it a #Famine. There was food in the country-export records prove it.
It was a forced starvation. “Agent Hunger” Young Irelander John Mitchel predicted in 1844, could be used “as a catalyst for revolution.” The potato blight reached Ireland at the end of September in 1845. If Mitchel could predict hunger being used as a catalyst for revolution, then it was premeditated. Have a look at comments made by Charles Trevelyan during the years of the Great Hunger.
If the Irish once find out that there are any circumstances in which they can get free government grants, we shall have a system of mendicancy [begging] such as the world never knew”. After a million had starved to death he stated “The great evil with which we have to contend is not the physical evil of the famine, but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the people.
You can’t premeditate a famine. #GreatHunger, but you can take advantage of a potato blight when that food is a staple diet of an impoverished nation.