If you are referring to the Irish potato famine, it lasted about six years from 1845 to 1851.
The famine itself lasted approximately six years, but the effects were must more long-lasting. More than 750,000 Irish people died from causes related to the famine over the 10 years from 1845 to 1865, not only from starvation but also from diseases spread through the peasantry such as cholera, dysentery, scurvy, and typhus. Combined with the 2 million Irish who abandoned their homeland for other parts of Europe, Canada, and the United States, the population of Ireland dropped to 75% of what it had been at the beginning of the potato famine. The British rulers of Ireland were poorly equipped to deal with the famine, and the attempts they did make to help were poorly executed. As a result, a deep rooted bitterness against the British developed and had a lasting effect on Irish culture.
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