Britain’s Cover Up of the Genocide in Ireland

Is Britain’s cover-up of its 1845-1850 holocaust in Ireland the most successful lie in all of history?

Consider: why does Irish President Mary Robinson call it “Ireland’s greatest natural disaster” while she conceals the British army’s role? Potato blight, “phytophthora infestans”, did spread from America to Europe in 1844, to England and then Ireland in 1845 but it didn’t cause famine anywhere. Ireland did not starve for potatoes; it starved for food.

Ireland starved because its food, from 40 to 70 shiploads per day, was removed at gunpoint by 12,000 British constables reinforced by the British militia, battleships, excise vessels, Coast Guard and by 200,000 British soldiers (100,000 at any given moment) The attached map shows the never-before-published names and locations in Ireland of the food removal regiments (Disposition of the Army; Public Record Office, London; et al, of which we possess photocopies). Thus, Britain seized from Ireland’s producers tens of millions of head of livestock; tens of millions of tons of flour, grains, meat, poultry & dairy products; enough to sustain 18 million persons.

The Public Record Office recently informed us that their British regiments’ Daily Activity Reports of 1845-1850 have “gone missing.” Those records include each regiment’s cattle drives and grain-cart convoys it escorted at gun-point from the Irish districts assigned to it. Also “missing” are the receipts issued by the British army commissariat officers in every Irish port tallying the cattle and tonnage of foodstuff removed; likewise the export lading manifests. Other records provide all-revealing glimpses of the “missing” data; such as:

The Food Removal

From Cork harbor on one day in 1847 the AJAX steamed for England with 1,514 firkins of butter, 102 casks of pork, 44 hogsheads of whiskey, 844 sacks of oats, 247 sacks of wheat, 106 bales of bacon, 13 casks of hams, 145 casks of porter, 12 sacks of fodder, 28 bales of feathers, 8 sacks of lard, 296 boxes of eggs, 30 head of cattle, 90 pigs, 220 lambs, 34 calves and 69 miscellaneous packages. On November 14, 1848 3, sailed, from Cork harbor alone: 147 bales of bacon, 120 casks and 135 barrels of pork, 5 casks of hams, 149 casks of miscellaneous provisions (foodstuff); 1,996 sacks & 950 barrels of oats; 300 bags of flour; 300 head of cattle; 239 sheep; 9,398 firkins of butter; 542 boxes of eggs. On July 28, 1848 4; a typical day’s food shipments from only the following four ports: from Limerick: the ANN, JOHN GUISE and MESSENGER for London; the PELTON CLINTON for Liverpool; and the CITY OF LIMERICK, BRITISH QUEEN, and CAMBRIAN MAID for Glasgow. This one-day removal of Limerick’s food was of 863 firkins of butter; 212 firkins, 1,198 casks and 200 kegs of lard, 87 casks of ham; 267 bales of bacon; 52 barrels of pork; 45 tons and 628 barrels of flour; 4,975 barrels of oats and 1,000 barrels of barley. From Kilrush: the ELLEN for Bristol; the CHARLES G. FRYER and MARY ELLIOTT for London. This one-day removal was of 550 tons of County Clare’s oats and 15 tons of its barley. From Tralee: the JOHN ST. BARBE, CLAUDIA and QUEEN for London; the SPOKESMAN for Liverpool. This one-day removal was of 711 tons of Kerry’s oats and 118 tons of its barley. From Galway: the MARY, VICTORIA, and DILIGENCE for London; the SWAN and UNION for Limerick (probably for transshipment to England). This one-day removal was of 60 sacks of Co. Galway’s flour; 30 sacks and 292 tons of its oatmeal; 294 tons of its oats; and 140 tons of its miscellaneous provisions (foodstuffs). British soldiers forcibly removed it from its starving Limerick, Clare, Kerry and Galway producers.

In Belmullet, Co. Mayo the mission of 151 soldiers 5 of the 49th Regiment was to guard a few tons of meal from the hands of the starving; its population falling from 237 to 105 between 1841 and 1851. Belmullet also lost its source of fish in January, 1849, when Britain’s Coast Guard arrested its fleet of enterprising fishermen ten miles at sea in the act of off-loading flour from a passing ship. They were sentenced to prison and their currachs were confiscated.

The Waterford Harbor British army commissariat officer wrote to British Treasury Chief Charles Trevelyan on April 24, 1846; “The barges leave Clonmel once a week for this place, with the export supplies under convoy which, last Tuesday, consisted of 2 guns, 50 cavalry, and 80 infantry escorting them on the banks of the Suir as far as Carrick.” While its people starved, the Clonmel district exported annually, along with its other farm produce, approximately 60,000 pigs in the form of cured pork.

Irishmen and Irishwomen!

Never, ever, forget it!
As no Jewish person would ever refer to the “Jewish Oxygen Famine of 1939 – 1945″, so no Irish person ought ever refer to the Irish Holocaust as a famine..

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27 responses to “Britain’s Cover Up of the Genocide in Ireland

  1. There is too much evidence, irrefutable evidence that the Irish people were starved to death.
    By the time 1845-48 arrived the Irish people were reduced to paupers who could do little for themselves by the Statues of Kilkenny and the Penal Laws previously imposed on the people of Ireland.
    What right has any man, any organisation, any Government to impose so many rules on people that brings a people to near extinction and then to withdraw the very food that a person needs to survive and live.
    No man, no organisation, No Goverment has been given that right nor should they.
    We are all on this planet to help one another, to work and live together in harmony.
    Do not let yourself be gulled by others into thinking that because a potatoe failed was the cause of a so many people dying in Ireland and on coffin ships on their way to other countries.
    We insult everyone of those people that died when we call that horrible time “a Famine”. There was no Famine.

  2. kevinodonovan

    hi you wont believe this but having a discussion on a river cruise in june i discussed this with some yanks now i never read any books etc or educated on this but i just asked them if you did not eat potatoes for the rest of your life would you starve !!!they were completly shocked why because i did not argue or give statistics ! keep the message SIMPLE and they will look it all up on internet . most people are used to us through our frustration and anger we try to force our history across . REMEMBER it is in the past we can not change it but we can make people aware that we are a unique nation who have gone and travelled around the world and we are welcome in every country BY THE WAY OUR PASSPORT is the most popular and can get you to places no other passport will get you [i believe]cheers kevin

    • brendan flynn

      Yes Kevein,
      I agree with your points. What needs to happen here is every Irish person needs to learn the facts and acknowledge what actually happened in Ireland in 1845-48. There is an onus of The Irish Government to publish the history of the era and ensure that it gets thought to all Irish students.
      It is part of the history of Ireland. Not a good part but a period that deserves the Truth to be written.
      Feeding Irish people with the scenario that people died because the potatoe failed has got to stop. Its an insulting to do so especially to the 1.5 million + who died throughout Ireland and on coffin ships on the way to USA Canada and other countries.
      Putting blame on those that allowed this to happen will achieve little. Those that read the facts will soon learn who were the perpertrators of Ireland’s Great Hunger. It is better that people find out the truth for themselves thana be told it. In that way it stays in the conscious much longer. One thing for sure…… Famine it never was.

      • Mary Lou McKeone

        Kevin and Brendan….Agree with you both.
        Brendan…I love your response. The Irish government has to be pushed to stating the truth. My ancestors did not die because they did not have a potato.
        Take care….ML

  3. kevinodonovan

    british government have their heads so far up their arses they will never know or admit the truth what the irish need to do is not have a grudge but never forget and know the enemy in other words get on with the future ireland .for our grand kids anger and resentments will only stagnate our growth as a nation . we have come a long way and only ourselves will **** it up .cheers kevin

  4. Linda Jane

    As a child I was never under any other impression other than this: Food was forcibly removed from Ireland, prior during and after the famine. The land belonged to English, Scottish and less frequently Irish landlords who, for the most part, were not entirely concerned with the Irish peasants or felt any obligation to assist them. Some believed the blight was an act of God, others believed it was not normal to interefere in such affairs, and fewer still made extraordinary efforts to highlight the cause in the English press. It is hard to understand it today but there was a genuine belief in inferiority of certain races. To fully appreciate this chapter in history, one really needs to look into the social differences between class and race and the attitudes of such, the age of imperialism etc. It is not something that can be studied in isolation.

    One question I have is about the Public Record Office. Are you referring to the Public Record Office in Ireland? This has been renamed the National Archives since 1988. I presume by “missing” there is an implication that there is a coverup in operation. I would like to hear more about this. In my experience anyone who misunderstood that chapter in history did so from buying badly researched books or having one attrocious history teacher. The details of the event were never suppressed from me.

  5. Phillip Conner

    I just recently got into an argument with a “fellow” American about this very issue. Of course I sided with the truth, and he sided with the Brits. I pointed out the fact that during this period in Irish History exportation of goods (foodstuffs) were at a high point in reletive Irish History, under armed guards even. With no regard for the starving Irish all over the island. He argued that the British government bought 1,000 pounds of Corn, and sent 100,000 “pounds” (currency) to help the struggling Irish people. I then pointed out that most of that money was collected by people around the world (US and Canada mostly) then given to those same lords that helped starve the Irish people. Of Course he was totally convinced the Irish people starved not because of the Brits but because of their own flawed laws. I Again pointed out that the Irish didn’t have power in the creations of their own laws, it was ruled over by the Brits. He went on to point to sources like Oxford which is a British ran university (duh! bias!). Although I am American I love my Irish Ancestry, and respect those that have and will stand up against the lies of this horrible part of history.

  6. Screaming Lord Such

    I see no mention here of the recent Irish bailout by the English tory government. Typical Irish would rather remember an event from over 150 years ago than something that happened just a few months ago. Get over it! I’m sure most normal English feel ashamed of what happened during the potato famine but if it wasn’t for the English your country would be broke again. It’s time to move on for gods sake.

    P.S. Your rugby team sucks also

    • Your presentation of ignorance somehow does not surprise me coming from an immature and mentally retarded(because of English inbreeding) supporter of English policy.

      If you had half a brain you would be able to deduce that the “bailout” of Ireland is just another way for the English to try to claim some form of financial ownership of Ireland’s future profits.

      Shame on you for trying to negate responsibility and insult the Irish who have to live with the oppression you so easily forget.

      • Screaming Lord Such

        How do you confuse an Irish man?

        Put him in a round room and tell him his lunch is in the corner. Hahaha! The real cause of the Irish famine no doubt 🙂

        Swing low, sweet chariot.

    • Anonymous

      What complete and utter ignorance. Shameful.

    • “Tory” is the word for a Englander who “owned” Irish land.

    • Anonymous

      The condition of Ireland today is due to the rape of Ireland by England from the first slaughter to the present day. Britain raped all of her “colonies” sucking everything of value out of them and enslaving their people. Decades before Hitler, you Brits starved millions of Irish to death and there’s nothing you can do to hide that fact. At least slave owners fed and kept their slaves healthy.

    • Robyn

      That shouldn’t have been a bailout that should have been repartations
      From an Non Irish American Jew, standing in solidarity!

  7. Brendan

    Dear Lord Such and Such,
    You are the epitomy of your fellow country persons who suffer from severe cases of reality avoidence when the truth is before you. You either change the subject or throw irrelvant information into the pot to see if a change in ingredients will produce a different dish. Not so. Whats worse is you are an abject coward hiding behind a sham of a nickname. The thing about history is that it doesnt change. It is recorded for all. You can bark up any tree you like from here to eternity but the World and his aunt nows the disgusting behaviour of England towards Ireland during 1845-51 and for the last 900 years. The bully has been found out. The days of the penal laws, plantations, mass starvation, mass murder are over. We got your number.

    • Screaming Lord Such

      Paddy wins the lottery. His wife asks, “what will we do about all the begging letters paddy”. Paddy replies,” nothing, just keep sending them dear!

      See you in the six nations at your hovel. Get ready for a pasting by the mighty England Rugby!

      • Robyn

        Hey remember when WE beat your BEHINDS In the Revolutionary War! The United States Of America, who was fed up with Taxation without Representation, (which is nothing compared to what you made Ireland suffer), decided to fight for our independence, and won! Then again France helped too! Ireland has the right to independence too!

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  9. calm down big guy its rugby

  10. It goes to show you how much ye lot know about Real Irish history ye haven’t got A Clue have ye

    • I have the history book I used in school back in 1967. In Chapter 10 The Great Famine, the second paragraph reads as follows:
      “In 1845 a new disease, called the “Blight”, affected the crop. Nobody knew how to control the disease. It spread throughout the whole country. While the situation was serious in 1845, it became worse in 1846, and worse still in 1847. Thousands of men women and children died of hunger. They died in their homes, on the roads and in the fields. The famine was followed by a fever. Between the famine and the fever, hundreds of thousands died. It is small wonder that those years were called “the bad times”.
      Abundant Wheat: The potato was the only crop that failed during those years. The wheat crop flourished. The small farmer had only enough wheat to pay the rent. Even though a farmer and his family were in danger of death by starvation, he was forced to give his corn to the landlord as rent.
      Despite the famine the landlords continued to evict any of their tenants who failed to pay rent. While Irish people were dying of hunger, thousands of tons of corn were exported through the ports of the country.”

      There was No Famine, especially not in one of the most fertile countries in Europe. Anyone who allows themselves to be gulled by such dribble is a fool.
      For those interested in the Truth I kindly ask you to never use that word to describe 1845-48 for by doing so, those that use it are as guilty as those that shipped food out of Ireland at that time. Those that perished unnecessarily deserve more from all of us. Most of all they deserve their dignity for they cannot defend themselves.
      We can all end the coverup very easily by not even picking up a book on Irish History that contains the word “Famine”, don’t mind reading it for any writer who uses that word is lying. The Truth is all that matters here.

      • Screaming Lord Such

        There was another Irish famine in the second half of the six nations match wasn’t there? I famine of points for the paddys lol. Kicked your behinds AGAIN!!!!!

        And another thing, stop being such picky eaters.

      • David Mahon

        You really do a great disservice to the millions who died by saying this. The potato crop failed because of blight, Fact. 4 million people in Ireland were entirely dependent on this for survival. The crop failed, people died.

        More food was imported inton Ireland than exported during the Famine years. Mos of the people who benefitted from the export was the…not the importers, but the exporters, i.e. Irish merchants. Irish farmers provided the goods to be exported. All the while, around them, the landless peasants, reliant on potatoes, were dying, leaving, being pushed out…

        Yeah, they died by the million. Yeah it was a tragedy, This is the history. Irish men, merchants, constables, administrators, tenant farmers…they all watched it happening around them. And the Brits did only what little they could. No point, from a 21st century view, to moralise about the orthodoxies of the day.

        Are you trying to say it was a deliberate thing? That, sir, is a disservie to those who died. It sullies their souls.

  11. stephen webster

    my ancesters cane from ireland on both sides of my parents about 1845 were protestant and had owned small hand holdings 4 brothers came over together and worked just long enough to get land the brought over axe and hammer heads and knives and 1 short sword and a large chest of grain the ended up eating on the boat and shared with others on the boat because after 4 weeks the lower class on the boat had their rations cut in half. They were about 10 lbs more than the average person on the boat because they had more money than the average person as they left the hand for the other relations. the boat ride was 13 weeks and the thin passagingers without money died in the boat. Many people traded 5 year work for passage by bad mine owners and contractors

  12. stephen webster

    land not hand

  13. Unbelievable, a travesty. I grew up in England, in school I loved history lessons.
    The Great Hunger of Ireland, never got a mention. So a grand job was done to hide the evil actions of the English Parliament of that time
    We hear propaganda each day on TV and
    in the newspapers. Putin is bad, Assad is bad.
    The worst atrocities have been carried out by the UK government and the USA.
    The two most promenant colonialists.
    They lie to hide this of course, but people are waking up to the truth.
    I’m saddened to understand the far reaching tentacles of this Holocaust of the Irish, a million people died.
    Including relatives of mine.
    RIP you sons and daughters of Ireland.
    The truth of what happened, is now under the spotlight.
    You shall not be forgotten.

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