January 22 1847 AD: Potato Black Market Flourishes

With the potato crop ruined and the population of Ireland suffering terribly for its reluctance to cook and eat pasta, there is a growing black market in potatoes. John Fitzgerald of Youghal becomes the notorious Potato Baron when on this day he successfully imports and sells three thousand individual potatoes to the same number of families. Only when they arrive to meet the potato boat from France do they realise that he has sold them all the same potato. The incident is a black day in Irish history but nonetheless forms the basis for Irish government policy on social welfare in the 1970s and 80s.


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One Response to “January 22 1847 AD: Potato Black Market Flourishes”

  1. CJ Says:

    Veey funny – more please!!!

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