The Irish Famine was much more than the Potato Blight

To the people of Ireland, the Irish Famine is known simply as “The Hunger,” because it involved a great deal more than just a Potato Blight. The famine began in 1845 when a mold, Phytophthora infestans, quickly spread through every farm in Ireland. The disease destroyed one-half of the potato crop that first year, and nearly all of the crops over the next 7 years.