The widely acclaimed RTE four part documentary on the Irish Famine in the 1840’s. It's now available on this DVD.
When Ireland Starved – Part 1 Causes of Poverty
First in a four part series tracing the events that became known as – The Great Famine. “In all countries paupers may be discovered, but an entire nation of paupers is what never was seen until it was shown in Ireland”. Gustave de Beaumont was one of the many who commented on the severe state of Ireland in the 19th century.
When Ireland Starved – Part 2 The Irish Holocaust
Second of a four part series tracing the events that became known as The Great Famine. Michael Buerk alerted the world to the crisis in Ethiopia in 1985 with television pictures. In 1846 the journalist of the London News played the same role for the Irish Famine.
When Ireland Starved – Part 3 Managing the Famine
Third in a four part series tracing the events that became known as The Great Famine. John Mitchell claimed that during all the Famine years, Ireland actually produced sufficient food, wool, and the flax to feed and clothe not nine but eighteen million people. Was the Irish Famine the result of mismanagement?
When Ireland Starved – Part 4 The Exodus.
Last in a four part series tracing the sequence of events that became known as the Great Irish Famine. “If crosses and tombs could be erected on the water, the whole route of the emigrant vessels from Europe to America would long since have assumed the appearance of a crowded cemetery” So wrote an American emigration official in the middle of the 19th Century. Emigration wasn’t an escape from death and destruction for everyone.