The Potato Famine - A dramatised documentary of the Irish Famine "Days of Hunger"
This DVD is a dramatized documentary about a family from mid Ulster living during the Irish Potato Famine from 1845-1849. Between the years 1845—1849 Ireland was in the grip of famine as a result of a deadly disease which struck the potato crop. The blight first appeared as dark brown spots on the potato leaves, was washed down the stalks by rain and rotted the potatoes growing in the ground. The Famine caused the death of over a million people and caused another two million to emigrate to America and Canada. This video shows the living conditions in Ireland in the 1840, showing how the majority of the population were small farmers who relayed heavily on the potato crop. With historical accounts from the newspapers of the day and local stories still alive in rural Ireland, it tells a tail of Ireland's tragic past. We visit some of the worst effected parts of Ireland as well as the famine pit in Skibbereen, Co. Kerry. This video has been used as an educational aid in a large number of schools in Ireland since its release.