The history of the famine in Ulster is a tale of misery and sickness, in keeping with the situation in the rest of Ireland. It is significant that the people of Ulster today – mostly Protestants – do not blame the policies of the British Government for the blight on the potatoes. By the beginning of 1850 the blight had taken its course, and the land once again yielded a good crop of potatoes. Today, in Ulster, potatoes are a favourite dish, and there is little prospect that the conditions of the mid–nineteenth century in Ireland will ever be repeated.
Michael Steven Sheane was born in England in 1947. He was educated at Larne Grammar School and Orange’s Academy, Belfast, a mixed Protestant and Catholic college, and attended Trinity College, Dublin. A man from Ballygally on the Antrim Coast, he now lives in Antrim. His hobbies include stamp collecting, photography and walking. He contributes to press, radio and television on Ulster affairs. He also writes for Ireland’s Own, and now combines writing with business.
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