People and Potatoes: Was Ireland Overpopulated in 1845? (The Great Famine III)
In 1845 the population of Ireland was heading towards 9 million with many people surviving on a diet of potatoes. This has lead many to claim that the island was overpopulated, but is it true?
In this podcast I head to a remote village of Inver in Erris, Co Mayo to see how the population has changed over the past 150 years. I also investigate exactly how many people lived in Ireland, what was the standard of living and whether the people were healthy.
The answers are surprising to say the least.
“From the creator of the Irish History Podcast comes the story of Modern Ireland and its people written in death”