Shock over Scenes of the Great Hunger in Victoria

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

From The Great Hunger Museum in Hamden Connecticut. Lord John Russel's response to the famine.

From The Great Hunger Museum in Hamden Connecticut. Lord John Russel’s response to the famine.

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.

Great Hunger Museum in Hamden Connecticut.  Food grown in Ireland during 1845-1849 was a "Money Crop" and could not be interfered with because of profit.

Great Hunger Museum in Hamden Connecticut. Food grown in Ireland during 1845-1849 was a “Money Crop” and could not be interfered with because of profit.

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.

Great Hunger Museum Hamden Connecticut Coffin Ships and Emigration during the years 1845-1849

Great Hunger Museum Hamden Connecticut Coffin Ships and Emigration during the years 1845-1849

Let’s stop calling it a #Famine. There was food in the country-export records prove it.

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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. 

Great Hunger Museum in Hamden CT Charles Trevelyan's response to the Great Hunger

Great Hunger Museum in Hamden CT Charles Trevelyan’s response to 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.

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New York Celebration of the Centenary of Easter Rising 1916

Today, Sunday April 24th, is the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The rebellion began precisely at 12:04pm GMT in Dublin. Padraig Pearse stood at the GPO and read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

On Pier A in The Battery in New York, giant banners hung to display the backstory to the Easter Rising and the key players behind it.

By August 3rd, 1916, 16 men would be executed for their part in the Easter Rising. The names of each man executed will be posted on my Facebook Page on the anniversary of their execution/s.

It is a sad thing to remember, the Easter Rising and its aftermath, especially when you read about how each man died, his last words and how brave they were facing their deaths. Each rebel deserves to be remembered. They were all brave.

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The first four men would be executed by firing squad in Kilmainham Jail on May 3rd 1916.

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