A recent article in The Irish Times (Oct. 20, 2011) describes the discovery in 2005 of 970 skeletons of Famine (1845-1852)victims, more than half of them children. Excavators digging for a new shopping mall in Kilkenny found the bodies on the grounds of a Union Workhouse. Besides tuberculosis and typhus, archaeologists learned that scurvy was the greatest cause of damage because the potato blight caused a lack of Vitamin C.
Last year the bodies were re-interred in a special memorial and garden next to the shopping center.
Jack O'Keefe, author of Famine Ghost: Genocide of the Irish. Website: www.famineghost.com.