Great Famine's impact illustrated by interactive map

The biggest depopulation between 1841 and 1851 was in parishes along ‘Wild Atlantic Way’

Illustration of starving peasants clamouring at the gates of a workhouse during the Irish potato famine, 1846. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Illustration of starving peasants clamouring at the gates of a workhouse during the Irish potato famine, 1846. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Thousands of tourists - many of them American tracing their ancestors - will travel part of the scenic route the Wild Atlantic Way this weekend. But the tourist trail also signposts the devastation caused by the Great Famine.

A new interactive map produced by Queen’s University College, Belfast shows how in the space of 10 years, between 1841 and 1851, many parishes along the Western seaboard lost more than half their population.

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