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    How different would Ireland be today? Would be be as successful? Our genes would they be different? Would we be on more friendly terms with the English? Im inviting different posters to paint a picture of Ireland in 1850, after the famine what would it have been like...

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    We might actually have people to fill the ghost estates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4ever View Post
    We might actually have people to fill the ghost estates.
    I just spat my glass of coke all over the computer ya cheeky sod lol!

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    We'd likely be more Gaelic, and still a bilingual country.

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    I remember reading somewhere an estimate that without the famine and the subsequent cycle of emigration that we would today have a population circa 22 million. If the famine had never taken place we would have a much stronger country, and yes, probably many many more ghost estates.

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    a population of 22 million on the Island of Ireland would be roughly the same density as the UK. We'd probably be more confident as a nation and Greater Dublin would probably be home to 6 million people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twin Towers View Post
    I remember reading somewhere an estimate that without the famine and the subsequent cycle of emigration that we would today have a population circa 22 million. If the famine had never taken place we would have a much stronger country.
    Could Ireland sustain 22 million when we couldnt even support 8 million?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffykontbiscuits View Post
    Could Ireland sustain 22 million when we couldnt even support 8 million?
    The Netherlands is less than half the size of Ireland and has about 17million people. And unlike the Dutch, Ireland is entirely above sea level

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    it is most likely that Northern Ireland would not exist. Protestants (and consequently, unionists) would be a tiny minority in such a large population.

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