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If the famine had never taken place...


fluffykontbiscuits

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How different would Ireland be today? Would be be as successful? Our genes would they be different? Would we be on more friendly terms with the English? Im inviting different posters to paint a picture of Ireland in 1850, after the famine what would it have been like...
 

just4ever

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We might actually have people to fill the ghost estates.
 

just4ever

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:D
 

DuineEile

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We'd likely be more Gaelic, and still a bilingual country.

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I remember reading somewhere an estimate that without the famine and the subsequent cycle of emigration that we would today have a population circa 22 million. If the famine had never taken place we would have a much stronger country, and yes, probably many many more ghost estates.
 

Roll_On

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a population of 22 million on the Island of Ireland would be roughly the same density as the UK. We'd probably be more confident as a nation and Greater Dublin would probably be home to 6 million people.
 

fluffykontbiscuits

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I remember reading somewhere an estimate that without the famine and the subsequent cycle of emigration that we would today have a population circa 22 million. If the famine had never taken place we would have a much stronger country.
Could Ireland sustain 22 million when we couldnt even support 8 million?
 

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it is most likely that Northern Ireland would not exist. Protestants (and consequently, unionists) would be a tiny minority in such a large population.
 

bkeith

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The Netherlands is less than half the size of Ireland and has about 17million people. And unlike the Dutch, Ireland is entirely above sea level
Otto Von Bismarck said "If the Dutch lived in Ireland, Ireland would be the bread basket of Europe. If the Irish lived in Holland they would drown."
 
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Otto Von Bismarck said "If the Dutch lived in Ireland, Ireland would be the bread basket of Europe. If the Irish lived in Holland they would drown."
:lol::lol::lol:
 

British Citizen

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Otto Von Bismarck said "If the Dutch lived in Ireland, Ireland would be the bread basket of Europe. If the Irish lived in Holland they would drown."
Beautiful!!

 

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Otto Von Bismarck said "If the Dutch lived in Ireland, Ireland would be the bread basket of Europe. If the Irish lived in Holland they would drown."
No, he didn't. Yet another urban myth.
 

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I remember reading somewhere that many of the populations of European countries roughly tripled between 1850 and today so 22 million sounds about right. Perhaps emigration would have been necessary for other reasons but I believe the population would be a lot higher than the combined 6.2 million approx today on the island of Ireland

A previous poster mentioned this and would have to agree that Northern Ireland would probably never have existed, as its creation would have been unjustiifed with a small minority.

Ireland would be a big player in Europe and in the EU.

However, we would not have the Irish diaspora, less influence in political and business circles in places like the US, UK, Australia, Canada and other Irish emigration hot spots. Also probably no JFK or Kennedy clan.
 
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