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The Irish potato famine lasted for five years (1845 - 1850). The potato blight had first surfaced in North America in 1844 and then in Europe in 1845, but the Irish Famine was of the longest duration. As a result of the famine, nearly one quarter of Ireland's population died as a result of starvation, fever and disease.