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Irish Famine revisited

One hundred and sixty years after the Great Irish Famine, the tragedy remains a defining force in Ireland and Boston. More than a million people perished between 1845 and 1852. Many more fled to America and elsewhere. Boston was a major destination for the refugees — by 1870 they accounted for more than 20 percent of its population — and they have long played a dominant role in the city.

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