The Great Famine which struck Ireland in the middle of the 19th century was the biggest social catastrophe in Irish history.
Over one million people died. The potato-dependent poor - landless labourers and small cottiers were wiped out.
Two and a half million emigrated between the years 1845 and 1855. A greater number than all those who had left in the previous two-and-a-half centuries
Blighted Nation presented by Myles Dungan explores how the Great Famine swept through Ireland and changed the country forever.
Emigration became deeply institutionalised in Irish culture and even today, we are the only country in Europe and possibly, the world, that has a smaller population than we had in 1840.
Recorded in Ireland and New York, Blighted Nation explores how our country's past resonates in the 21st century.
In four one-hour programmes on four consecutive evenings Blighted Nation explores the arrival of the blight and its catastrophic consequences, Britain’s response to the famine, mass emigration as well as its aftermath and legacy.
Blighted Nation was originally broadcast on 1, 2, 3, and 4 January 2013 on RTE Radio 1
Blighted Nation is sponsored by Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut http://ighm.nfshost.com/