The start of the Irish’ peoples struggles began when the British came and destroyed their way of life. The Penal laws of 1691 stripped Irish Catholics of their freedoms by taking away their rights to become officers in the British Army or Navy, hold any government office, vote, buy land, practice law, attend school, serve an apprenticeship, possess weapons, and practice their religion. These weren’t the only laws that stripped the British stripped the Irish of their culture, they also decided to reform Ireland by yanking out the Gaelic traditions and replace them with British ways of life (Philip).
At first, the reformation of Ireland seemed like a good idea. The reformation brought bountiful harvests and the population nearly doubled. However, as Britain continued to industrialize, they used Ireland as a dumping ground. 75% of Ireland was out of work because their economy was absorbed by Britain. The living conditions of the Irish people diminished as there was no work to pay for food. The British came up with a solution to the Irish’ problem.
The Poor Law Acts of 1838 were put into action. The British modeled the English workhouse system in Ireland. Upon arrival at a workhouse, a family would be separated ...
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