History of Ireland
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In what year did thousands of Irish emigrate to the US?


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During the Great Famine of the 1880s the population of Ireland was halved from 8 million to 4 million. 2 million people died from starvation and disease (the plague) and 2 million emmigrated, mostly to England and America. 1845 or 'Black 45' saw the greatest number of deaths, though emmigration continued on long after this date.