"We had the soupers in the Famine"
Irish Famine
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The Irish Famine of 1841 was a turning point in Irish history.  It has been estimated that at least one million people died of starvation and disease in the 1840s, and at least another one million emigrated during the Famine period.

The Famine hardened resentment toward the British and ultimately gave the Nationalists the international strength in the many sympathetic Irish immigrants living in America.