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The Black Death in Ireland.

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The black death which swept through Europe in the mid 14th century was spread via the trade routes.

It was caused by the bite of fleas carried by rats, the disease reached Ireland in 1348, devastating the population. It killed many people, others fearful of catching it fled to England.

During this period severe restrictions were placed on travel in an attempt to contain it. This led to widespread labour shortages, and ultimately to shortages of food. It is estimated that approximately one third of the population died during the outbreak.

See also The Irish Famines. and the famine of 1741