The average Irish would eat 8-14 pounds of potatoes a day.
How did the loss of potatoes affect the Irish?
The main problem the famine caused was a major impact on the Irish population. It caused numerous deaths, lots of emigration and many diseases. Before the famine the population of Ireland was around 8 million, after the famine it was down to 5.5 million. 1 million of those dead Irish died from starvation, the other 1.5 emigrated to the US, Canada and the UK. Some also emigrated to Australia. Over the next ten years another 750,000 Irish died from diseases caused by starvation and another 2 million emigrated. This drastic decline effected the Irish for years after the famine.