The Great Famine Online
By Maggie Holland, Editorial Assistant
September / October 2018
University College Cork, and the Irish Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, collaborated to create the Great Irish Famine Online. The project displays detailed information on the famine’s effects and enables users to visually analyze pre-and post-famine statistics for their locality, charting changes in the human and social landscape across Ireland.
The database is comprised of over twenty categories, from population to education, for all civil parishes and towns of Ireland. The mapping of the famine at this level reveals the complex local and regional disparities, which raises questions about the diverse social conditions and relief responses in the various localities. ♦