Irish Potato Famine - The Young and the Old - Extra History - #5

Irish leaders entered the picture when the 1847 Poor Laws backfired, leading landowners to mass-evict their starving tenants. Daniel O'Connell tried to maintain an alliance with the Whigs, and failed. The Young Irelanders split off from the Repeal Association, and as a result, both the rebellious and the moderate minds of the country lost significant traction, unable to fight the famine alone.
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  1. Extra Credits

    Extra Credits

    3 tháng trước

    By the time that the first healthy harvest arrived in 1849, a million people had died due to prejudiced men writing bad policy-a stark warning of what happens when poor relief becomes a tool of political ideology. But in a world where 1 in 8 people are malnourished, the Republic of Ireland today has turned its deepest psychological scar into a call to action. Oxfam Ireland: Oxfam America: You can also support our production of Extra History and help us pick what stories we should explore next, by joining our Patreon here:

    • Raleighburner15 Hynes

      Raleighburner15 Hynes

      11 ngày trước

      You people do realise that this Is fake history Google up Bishopsgate, and Warren point and kilmickal where the Irish killed killed silly British soldeirs

    • Raleighburner15 Hynes

      Raleighburner15 Hynes

      11 ngày trước

      Churchill wanted to surrender to the Germans I'm sure that will piss off extra credits

    • Raleighburner15 Hynes

      Raleighburner15 Hynes

      11 ngày trước

      Extra credits did you know that Churchill wanted to surrender to the Germans but Irish warriors actually came to British aid

    • Raleighburner15 Hynes

      Raleighburner15 Hynes

      11 ngày trước

      Churchill wanted to surrender to the Germans

    • Raleighburner15 Hynes

      Raleighburner15 Hynes

      13 ngày trước

      @Hampton_the_ one Ireland Is the biggest food producer in Europe let that sink in

  2. Crimson Tiger

    Crimson Tiger

    Ngày trước

    God knew the world needed strong people to build nations. The famine caused the spread of Irish culture across the world. With strong shoulders, the Irish helped build nations. America owes the Irish a debt of gradititude. With thier help, America had more strong people to build this country. Thank you Ireland for coming to America and helping to make my country great and diverse! 🇺🇸 🇮🇪

  3. Max Vasquez

    Max Vasquez

    5 ngày trước

    Man...Ireland, a country ravaged over the years, using their crisis as a call to action, not only to everyone, but, themselves, ensuring that no one else, has to go what they had to go to, by donating to people around the world and providing aid, man, Why can’t Ireland be In charge of the UK?

  4. Sr. Clumsy

    Sr. Clumsy

    7 ngày trước

    You should make a series of the Mexican-American war or the Saint Patrick's Batallion

  5. Ainak Basu

    Ainak Basu

    8 ngày trước

    i wish so much i can have that potato pet

  6. Dominic Plasencia Lopez

    Dominic Plasencia Lopez

    8 ngày trước

    im Irish

  7. Cody Shi

    Cody Shi

    11 ngày trước

    Love Ireland from USA and China.

  8. Patricia A

    Patricia A

    13 ngày trước

    Wow. I have learned so much from this series.

  9. Raleighburner15 Hynes

    Raleighburner15 Hynes

    14 ngày trước

    It's amazing that a country the size of England couldn't beat a small country like Ireland , I'm so proud to be Irish , Wasps are weak

  10. Raleighburner15 Hynes

    Raleighburner15 Hynes

    14 ngày trước

    The IRA slaughtered innocent English people , Warren point , Bishopsgate , Warrington the list goes on English are weak Irish are strong

  11. Raleighburner15 Hynes

    Raleighburner15 Hynes

    14 ngày trước

    The Russian people beat the Germans , church hill lost to the Germans

  12. Raleighburner15 Hynes

    Raleighburner15 Hynes

    14 ngày trước

    The Wasps are weak but Norse Irish are too strong , Churchill actually wanted to surrender to the Germans

  13. bigred052887


    18 ngày trước

    Love some of the "subtlety there guys..." ¬¬

  14. Maxgaming 360

    Maxgaming 360

    18 ngày trước

    Hahaha, why is the battle called “ the battle of mrs. McCormack’s cabbage patch

  15. Towarisch Partisan

    Towarisch Partisan

    19 ngày trước

    3:35 WTF... (Right hand side) .... What is that face??

  16. Malentar


    21 ngày trước

    "Ireland uses its greatest psychological scar into a call for action" so Ireland is basically if a country was batman

  17. A Google User

    A Google User

    22 ngày trước

    There were way, way more revolutions in 1848, the Year of Revolutions. It's the most glorious year of people fighting for democracy and liberty in Europe. 1848 deserves its own video series.

  18. Greg Resetar

    Greg Resetar

    23 ngày trước

    i love you guys. great series.

  19. JohnFMFilms


    25 ngày trước

    Éirinn go Brách

  20. Herb615


    25 ngày trước

    🇮🇪 Well done to Ireland. 🇮🇪

  21. Mixed Cerealbox

    Mixed Cerealbox

    Tháng trước

    What in God’s holy name is that thing in the corner 3:35????!!!!

  22. Hartsaxena


    Tháng trước

    3:34 The guy smiling on the very right is starting to scare me...

  23. Realm of the Phoenix

    Realm of the Phoenix

    Tháng trước

    this story really touches me because im not only did my grand mother come from ireland making me a quarter irish but im also a catholic.

  24. Cool Girl The Gamer

    Cool Girl The Gamer

    Tháng trước


  25. Juan Sanchez

    Juan Sanchez

    Tháng trước

    CMIIW but didnt the ottoman sultan have to lower his donation to the irish because it was higher than the queen's and she didnt want to look bad (nor donate more)?

  26. Abelofthetwinsouls


    Tháng trước

    Y’all should do a video on the Easter Uprising.

  27. baabaa9000


    Tháng trước

    They needed a placenta, huh? Should’ve hired Bismarck.

  28. AJ Flemister

    AJ Flemister

    Tháng trước

    Oh,so no wonder my Irish friend hates th e mean British people.

  29. KendrixTermina


    Tháng trước

    i really liked the ending

  30. KendrixTermina


    Tháng trước

    partisanism makes everything worse...

  31. 1987MartinT


    Tháng trước

    The fact that a man like Trevelyan can lead such a successful life after what he did is disgusting. By all right his corpse should be exhumed and thrown on a dung heap.

  32. Daniel Borton

    Daniel Borton

    Tháng trước

    As a person living in Ireland, I love this. The only other thing I could ask for us if the 1916 rising was covered. Absolutely amazing!!!

  33. iamkulit1 CS

    iamkulit1 CS

    Tháng trước

    I guess Ireland doesn't want what happened to them to happen to others.

  34. Franco Martini

    Franco Martini

    Tháng trước

    Very informative but history cannot be properly related if you always shy away from controversial subject matter. Instead of jumping forward 170 years to today and a "they all lived happily ever after" ending, why not explain that mass Irish immigration to North America, particularly the slums of Boston and New York, and to the coal mines of Pennsylvania, led to the formation of Irish Catholic political organisations determined to liberate their homeland by any means necessary from their British masters such as the Molly Maguires and the Irish Republican Brotherhood; that, particularly from the 1870s onward, many returned to Ireland in order to pursue this end and to organise the armed struggle in situ; and that this would eventually lead to the formation of the Irish Republican Army, the Easter Rising of 1916, and the Irish War of Independence (1919-21). All this was a direct consequence of British misrule, particularly during the potato famine. It cast such a long shadow that the consequences, in Ulster especially, are still being felt today in incidents such as the killing of a journalist in Derry by the New IRA only last weekend.

  35. Lowry


    Tháng trước

    How is this not an assassins crees game

    • 15 is legal In Europe

      15 is legal In Europe

      Tháng trước


  36. Ian Moore

    Ian Moore

    Tháng trước

    3:35 Gritty, fighting for flyers wins and Irish rights

  37. Luxai


    Tháng trước

    You'll never forget what it's like to be hungry and helpless, or being a victim of those who look down on you. And you'll never stop wanting to help others so that they don't meet the same fate. I'm not even irish and yet I'm still proud of all the lads.

  38. InkBird


    Tháng trước

    Man I heard about the potato famine in my ( american ) schooling, but never realized it was such a series thing. It was written off as something fairly small, like the australian emu war or something. This is so sad. :( Those poor poor people. Glad they've recovered, and recovered so well.

  39. Badhammy865


    Tháng trước

    3:40 wtf did anyone else notice the dude on the right?

  40. BecauseICan


    2 tháng trước

    8:05 *"uuuUUUUUUUuuuuUUUUUUuuuGGGGGGGGgggggggHHHHHHHhhhhhhhh"*

  41. Nico Sando

    Nico Sando

    2 tháng trước

    anybody notice gritty

  42. OatGuardian


    2 tháng trước


  43. kein mcgill

    kein mcgill

    2 tháng trước

    Erin go Bragh!

  44. connor griffin

    connor griffin

    2 tháng trước

    so did anyone else notice the creepy Philidelphia flyers mascot in the background at 3:35 ?

  45. Lucas Wallace

    Lucas Wallace

    2 tháng trước

    "Sometimes bad mans die in their sleep." Have you ever heard the tragedy of Darth Plageuis the wise?

  46. Cú Chulainn

    Cú Chulainn

    2 tháng trước

    We need more Irish Edit: By that I mean more people willing to donate to charity.

  47. Eevee the Flareon

    Eevee the Flareon

    2 tháng trước

    6:09 i heard you had tacos

  48. Redgum


    2 tháng trước

    I lived in Ireland for only a small time, but despite my nationality being so different (Korean), I fell in love the moment I saw those green hills. Hopefully one day I can return, and make it my adopted home, as much as I would like. Wonderful work, and god bless.

  49. Brandon Thach

    Brandon Thach

    2 tháng trước

    3:40 that guys face all the way on the right tho

  50. Conor Murphy

    Conor Murphy

    2 tháng trước

    This was a brilliant series.

  51. Tuck Hoi Chan

    Tuck Hoi Chan

    2 tháng trước

    This whole thing as well as being britain s whole history makes me one to never support brits in the past.CT should have had his grave destroyed ,his body dug up and burnt to total ashes, and his family lines eradicated.

  52. Veselka


    2 tháng trước

    Ireland is a Mrs. Ireland 😀

  53. Veselka


    2 tháng trước

    Healthy carrots killed purple parrots

  54. Lol 86

    Lol 86

    2 tháng trước

    How can anyone be more cruel to Ireland than Queen Victoria? Oliver Cromwell: hold my beer

  55. SamuriLemonX18


    2 tháng trước

    I find your characterisation of Ireland as a world leader in foreign food/development aid....strange. They give 0.45% of GDP in aid, winch is just over the minimum legal requirement of the EU of 0.42%. For comparison the UK gives 0.72% of GDP which amounts to about 20x the amount of money Ireland gives. In terms of %GDP, the "world leaders" are the Scandinavian countries, all giving over 1% of their GDP to foreign aid. Ireland doesn't even rank in the top 10 for either measurement. So why may I ask, is this the characterisation you give? Because honestly, it's flat out wrong.

  56. Lymetime Productions

    Lymetime Productions

    2 tháng trước

    3:34 It's our Lord and Savior... GRITTY!!!

  57. World Studios

    World Studios

    2 tháng trước

    Who else is now more greatful than ever to french fries?

  58. Internet Education

    Internet Education

    2 tháng trước

    1:44 "_Not very much, given her wealth, actually_" As opposed to the revered roman catholics? Ireland's supposed enlightenment? The Pope's contribution paled in comparison to the Queen's.

  59. Black Swan

    Black Swan

    2 tháng trước

    O Connell called him Orange Peel. Literally true fact.

  60. Archelaus


    2 tháng trước

    01:48 Turks arent Indians or Arabs we look like Greeks or Russians pls make us look like what we are

  61. Eevee the Flareon

    Eevee the Flareon

    2 tháng trước

    6:13 love that spongebob reference

  62. Mr. Pick21

    Mr. Pick21

    2 tháng trước

    3:34 the face on the right haunts my dreams

  63. Cupcake Queen Wojo

    Cupcake Queen Wojo

    2 tháng trước

    Old Ireland: we don't wanna fight. Young Ireland: we will fight if we have to Old Ireland in private: sic your dongs on em! Young Ireland: *running in circles* AHH WHAT DO WE DO!!! That's about my understanding of what happens most of the time. Also the goverment screwed them.

  64. Michelle Evans

    Michelle Evans

    2 tháng trước

    Dublineers? That's not a term ...

  65. Anthony Doherty

    Anthony Doherty

    2 tháng trước

    You had to renounce your faith to get soup this say many more die needlessly and irish land lords were not the the land owners but puppets while irish were starving the put food on ships to England we grow more than 1 vegetable you know

  66. E S

    E S

    2 tháng trước

    1:52 one should mention that the sultan wanted to give 10 times the amounts that he sent, but the British crown refused to accept so much help because it "would make the crown look bad"

  67. vazak11


    2 tháng trước

    The ending was well done, kudos.

  68. Shyguyplays9


    2 tháng trước

    Are we just going to forget about the spongebob reference?

  69. Angus Yang

    Angus Yang

    2 tháng trước

    Finally the Ottomans get mentioned here as helping out the Irish. Sultan Abdulmecid I had heard about it from his Irish doctor, and sent aid accordingly. Even though the British tried to restrict most of it, the ships still secretly delivered the extra supplies.

  70. jassLmhn


    2 tháng trước

    Ireland is a lovely country and are lovely people, I visited some years ago, glad to see you mentioned how Mexico helped with aid, here in Mexico we remember the Saint Patrick's Battalion, which changed sides to support Mexico in the Mexican-American war, and their descents are still living here, I wish we had had more Irish immigration here!

  71. F Morneweck

    F Morneweck

    2 tháng trước

    3:35 the man on the far right is the incarnation of fear.

  72. peope1976


    2 tháng trước

    I'm crying like heck. How cruel people can be.

  73. Mr.Tobacco


    2 tháng trước

    The story of the Ottoman help is kinda a interesting story: A Irish man sneaks into a random trade ship and cames to Konstantiniyye, when he learn where he is he start telling people the story of the famine. Many people don't believes him actually majorty of the people doesn't understands him, they even don't know what or where Ireland is. One day this Irish man comes into the Topkapı Palace (Residence of the Sultan) he tries to enter but Guards not allows him. He tries to tell his story but as usually Guards doesn't understand him. Everyday he tries to enter the palace so he can talk with the Sultan and ask for help but everyday he get caught and finally they arrest him and throw him to the jail in Topkapı Palace. A Pasha hears this and goes to talk with him, he talks with the Irıish guy and hears the story. He couldn't believe what the Irish man said and when he learned Irish wants to talk with Sultan, Pasha agrees and goes to talk with the Grand Vizier. And Grand Vizier tell this to the Sultan Abdülmecid I. Sultan quickly calls the Irish man to his court and when Guards brought the Irish guy to him he gets sad to his condition. Irish guy tells the horrible story of his country for hours, he explains how he came to Konstantiniyye. Abdülmecid quickly order his Vizier to prepare the largest ship in the Ottoman Navy to transport help to Ireland. In same time he sends latter to the Queen Victoria, in that time Ally of the Ottoman Empire. He offers to send 10.000 gold to the Irish people but Queen Victoria only allows 2000. With 2000 gold, beside the Sultan's help also people of Konstantiniyye donate their foods,drinks,fruits etc. and thosa load into the ship then ship set sails to the Ireland... This is the story i heard i don't know how much of these true but it's still proud thing to see my ancestors helped people in need...It's still making me sad Europeans calling we Turks barbarians.

  74. 🐆Phoenix The Cheetah 🐆

    🐆Phoenix The Cheetah 🐆

    2 tháng trước

    N O T T H E P O T A T O S ! ! ! ! !

  75. Humble Soldier

    Humble Soldier

    2 tháng trước

    Who's cutting onions in here? Damn emotion ninjas. Ireland is a great nation.

  76. Facts don’t care about your feelings

    Facts don’t care about your feelings

    2 tháng trước

    Damn I thought the guy in the casket in the beginning was bilbo baggins

  77. feral meme

    feral meme

    2 tháng trước

    3:34 what the hell is that one face its... Its fooking grimace's sp00ky cousin

  78. Tonks Moriarty

    Tonks Moriarty

    2 tháng trước

    No wonder British school refuse to teach this topic, I hate Westminster even more now.

  79. 01 Megalomaniac

    01 Megalomaniac

    2 tháng trước

    Are we.. gunna gloss over the face at 3:36?.. Yes? Okay, then

  80. Fid Marcano

    Fid Marcano

    2 tháng trước

    All of this made me cry. I so Venezuela :( I feel everyhing in this series

  81. Tortilla Master

    Tortilla Master

    2 tháng trước

    what is going on with that mans face on 3:40 face

  82. Karan Bhatt

    Karan Bhatt

    2 tháng trước

    This is not in play list I think

  83. Joshuah Mitchell

    Joshuah Mitchell

    2 tháng trước

    Irish good by . leaves. Irish good by. Ok by good by see you tomorrow morning okay okay okay by good by then but... okay nevermind good by

  84. cameron120587


    2 tháng trước

    Just to point out, your map of the Republic of Ireland at 9:56 shows the whole island of Ireland, which includes Northern Ireland, part of the UK.

  85. Rick Morrison

    Rick Morrison

    2 tháng trước

    3:36 gritty

  86. C is for communism F is for facism

    C is for communism F is for facism

    2 tháng trước

    This shit is pretty boring. Why cant we go back to having actually interesting topics?

  87. IndiaBall RohanDalvi

    IndiaBall RohanDalvi

    2 tháng trước

    do one on bengal famine too , brits did the same with mix of racism

  88. Lowkey Sykes

    Lowkey Sykes

    2 tháng trước

    816 million of those donations will be pocketed by the politicians who will be incharge of those once given.

  89. j and c

    j and c

    2 tháng trước

    I would like to see him do the troubles next while still on the subject of ireland

  90. DoubleATam


    2 tháng trước

    So... Everyone died the end, and also history repeats

  91. Dan Helsting

    Dan Helsting

    2 tháng trước

    Just because a failed man in knight a hero of his backwards beliefs of yesterday - does not mean we can't spit on his grave today. (# only history will judge us)

    • Nikhil Manian

      Nikhil Manian

      2 tháng trước

      History judged. The dude was bad.

  92. Robert Miller

    Robert Miller

    2 tháng trước

    Do a series on the great depression please

  93. TheSaber210


    2 tháng trước

    dublineer is pronounced Dubliner

  94. Abdulrahman AbuZubaydah

    Abdulrahman AbuZubaydah

    2 tháng trước

    Can u do extra history about "almoravid empire"

  95. Gödeke Michels

    Gödeke Michels

    2 tháng trước

    9:56 the Republic of Ireland shown including Northern Ireland. Extra Credits political commentary? Preperation for the expected future of post Brexit expecting a reunification? Or yet another small mistake? Who knows.

  96. Justinian The Great Emperor

    Justinian The Great Emperor

    2 tháng trước

    6:08 "THE BLACK AND TANS OPEN UP" *smashes door*

  97. C Toea

    C Toea

    2 tháng trước

    9:43 This world is full of injustice.Something has to be done.We need better things

  98. cinnamonpiefin


    2 tháng trước

    ah yes i'm sure we're all aware of how bloodless the french revolution was, no mass execution of nobility here lads

  99. Jey Dey

    Jey Dey

    2 tháng trước

    Napoleonic war pls

  100. Jan Kasal

    Jan Kasal

    2 tháng trước

    You should make an episode about ban Josip Jelačić from Croatia ps-(Im from Croatia)

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