Potato Famine – Lewis and Calum

In “Divided City”, the novel shows that the Potato Famine is used in football matters between Celtic and Rangers.

The great Potato Famine was a massive period of starvation, disease and emigration between 1845 and 1852 because there were not enough potatoes growing in Ireland. This was because of a disease which attacked the potato crop and was also known to have killed the workers/farmers who were harvesting the potatoes. 

Image by P Flannagan. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 licence.

During the famine, approximately 1 million people died and a million more Emigrated from Ireland, causing the island’s population to fall by between 20% and 25%. Lots of the farms died out and many people and animals died.  The famine spread quickly across the country and many children and adults passed away starving and moaning. The Potato Famine spread all over Europe and America.

People were digging for potatoes with thier bare hands because of how hungry they were. They had no equipment in the area so some people were lucky enough to emigrate to Scotland. There have been problems with religious groups and at football matches because of this immigration. At football games, Rangers fans sing songs about the Potato Famine at Old Firm matches because Celtic’s background is Irish.

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