The Irish Essay

1786 words - 7 pages

                              Ireland has a great history of war, famine, despair, and hardship. Throughout the years the Irish have come from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. In this paper I will give a history of the Irish people before coming to America, what it was coming here, how they were welcomed to their new home, and how they are faring now. I will also expose many of the stereotypes that the Irish have pinned to them and the reason that they are there.
     In the early 1800's, the Irish had great success in the potato industry due to the high prices for agricultural products because of the war with England. Soon though, prices began to fall and so did productivity. For that reason, the owners of the farm land turned there plots into grazing areas. There was an addition problem though, what would happen to the hundreds of other farmers that worked the land? One popular solution for most “landlords”, as they were called, was to evict all the tenants, whether they were paid up for rent or not. Then they would destroy their homes so that they could not return.(No author 1).
     The now homeless people turned to secret organizations to retaliate against the people that they once depended on to live their lives. Some names of these groups were Rightboys, Thrashers, Ribbonmen, and Whitefoots.(No author 1). When these vigilantes were caught, their punishments were severe. Something as simple as stealing a piece of bread could land you a multiple year sentence in prison. To add insult to injury, the prisons that these people were sent to was in Australia, many miles away from there homes. It was thought that things for the Irish could not get any worse, but in 1845 that is just what happened.
     The potato was a very significant part of the Irish way of life. It is one of the few foods that a person can survive solely on. Many homes lived exclusively on the potato, they could

                                                       
not afford anything else and it kept them alive. What would happen if for some odd reason, all the crops failed and people were not able to support themselves with the potato? No one gave this possible scenario any thought because it seemed absurd that such a thing could occur. But in 1845, a disease destroyed over half of the potato crops in Ireland. The Irish had hoped that it would be an isolated incident and prayed that next year might be a more productive one. But 1846 proved to be even worse then the...

Find Another Essay On The Irish

The Irish Influence Essay

1274 words - 6 pages music. This approach allows the theatre to teach the new generations about Ireland’s history, while continuing to make leaps and bounds in the theatre world. Economically, the Abbey Theatre has drastically influenced Ireland as a whole. The Abbey Theatre is the largest employer in Irish theatre . This allows the people of Ireland to see a future career in many areas of theatre. Before the Abbey Theatre, there were very few options for those

The Anglo-Irish Agreement Essay

3287 words - 13 pages The Anglo-Irish Agreement The Anglo-Irish agreement, 1985, this was agreed between Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garrett Fitzgerald. Between 1980 and 1984, the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher held regular meetings with Taoiseach Charles Haughey and then Garrett Fitzgerald. Both governments were concerned about continuing the violence with the IRA and about the

The Irish Potato Famine

1440 words - 6 pages The Irish Potato Famine Around 1600 A.D. the potato was introduced in Ireland. Because of the high nutrients and ease to grow the crop it was almost instantly adopted by the people, especially by the peasants. With the high nutrient value of the crop, general health increased greatly. Because of better health, the birthrate increased and the death rate decreased making the population from 1600 A.D. to the time of the famine increase by

The Irish History

1624 words - 6 pages The Irish History The following events have all helped shape the course of Irish history in the 20th century. The Easter rising 1916, The deployment of British troops in Northern Ireland 1969, ”Bloody Sunday” 30 January 1972. Which of these events has had the biggest impact on the history of the conflict in Ireland? The Easter Rising, Bloody Sunday and the deployment of British troops in Northern Ireland all had big

Irish Immigration: The Gilded Age

3896 words - 16 pages there is a language you might not be able to understand or speak. These immigrant groups not only relocated throughout different states but immigrant were moving to specific cities to the best places they felt accepted. As an example we had many immigrant groups that came to Saint Louis, Missouri. One of the biggest immigrant groups to populate Saint Louis was the Irish. Unfortunately the Irish were not as accepted in Saint Louis as they hoped to

The Great Irish Potato Famine

776 words - 4 pages Scientist have discovered the cause if the Irish potato famine was due to a fungus with the name of Phytophthora infestans, or “P. infestans”. The fungus doesn’t do so well in hot, dry weather. But when warm and muggy, which happens to be how Irelands climate is in the summer, the fungus flourishes and spreads at an enormous rate. A single plant can release several million spores in one day. When Phytophthora infestans first comes in contact

Revival of the Irish Culture

1977 words - 8 pages Revival of the Irish Culture People of Irish decent share a pride in their national heritage perhaps unlike any other culture today. Many Irish homes are decorated with clovers, flags, and other Gaelic symbols even today. This enthusiasm for Irish culture has not always been around. In fact, this source of pride can be traced back to one cultural revival movement in Ireland during the 1800’s. During this time, the people of Ireland formed

The Irish Easter Rebellion 1916

2279 words - 9 pages The 1916 Irish Easter Uprising Ever since the occupation of Ireland by the English began in 1169, Irish patriots have fought back against British rule, and the many Irish rebellions and civil wars had always been defeated. To quash further rebellion, the Act of Union was imposed in 1800, tying Ireland to the United Kingdom of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Laws discriminating against Catholics and the handling of the Irish Potato Famine

The Irish Troubles: Yeat's Poetry

2018 words - 8 pages The Irish Troubles: Yeat's Poetry William Butler Yeats, born in Dublin, Ireland [June 13, 1865], is considered by many to be one of the greatest English-language poets of the 20th century. The following exposition, grounded on the hypothesis that Yeats’ poetry was resolutely influenced by the political occurrences of that time period, will give biographical information, a recounting of the political upheaval during that period, specific

The Irish Republican Army Ideology

5460 words - 22 pages The Irish Republican Army Ideology The Irish Republican Army ideology is still living in Northern Ireland, nearly a century after the organization’s establishment. Although the IRA has since disbanded, the spirit is kept alive by a number of splinter factions, including the Provisional, Continuity, and Real IRAs. Not many terrorist organizations can maintain a campaign this extensive in time. The long history of the

The Irish Countryman by Arensberg

2218 words - 9 pages The Irish Countryman by Arensberg The Irish Countryman by Arensberg was a very interesting society in many aspects. Their way of life, their level of trust and respect, and their beliefs and priorities all make up the unique society that they all engage in. The Irish were very in touch with the spirit world both mentally and physically on a day to day

Similar Essays

The Fighting Irish. Essay

1147 words - 5 pages The Fighting IrishThe Irish have come a long way in American society from the struggles they once faced, during the immigration wave of the late 1800's. Irish americans faced many hardships during this time, and overcame them all. The first fight that they faced was in 1864, when the great potatoe famine swept across their home land. This only led the people to another battle, across the ocean to the "new world". After settling, the Irish had

The Irish Trinity Symbol Essay

737 words - 3 pages The iconic Irish trinity symbol a.k.a. the trinity or Celtic knot has been a revered symbol in Ireland for centuries. The trinity represents the Power of Three or triquetra (try-KET-ra). The Power of Three is an immutable law that when three entities combine powers, they increase their power far greater than three times. The recognized symbol of triquetra is the Celtic knot, evidenced by three Vesica Pices or interlocking almond shapes

The Irish Immigrants Essay

1136 words - 5 pages Canada is a country with a population of approximately 30 million people, of which 4 million are of Irish ancestry. We find ourselves asking these questions; when did the Irish arrive, how did they travel, and why did they leave their homeland of Ireland? In this report you will find all the answers to those questions, and receive a better understanding of what the Irish immigrants went through to get to this beautiful country of Canada.Up until

The Great Irish Famine Essay

1655 words - 7 pages The Great Irish Famine The great famine of Ireland began around the year of 1845, when a deadly fungus reached the crops, leaving thousands of acres of land filled with black rot, and diseased crops (Szabo). This disease has become commonly known as the blight. The blight was a “mysterious disease” that “almost universally affected the potatoes on the island” (Kinealy 31). This suspicious “blight” had traveled to Europe from North America