The video above is a wonderful example of how the Irish people have influenced American culture, specifically mountain culture.
In the mid 1800's there was a great famine in Ireland, caused by a highly contagious blight on potatoes, which were Ireland's main cash crop.
This period is known as An Gorta Mór, or in English, when Life was Bad.
During this time one million Irish men, women and children died of starvation and malnutrition.
Another sad detail is the way the English treated the Irish while they were suffering.
Not until 1921 would Ireland be free from English rule, so during the famine the Irish were considered English subjects.
However, instead of attempting to help the Irish, the English kept exporting food from Ireland, which led to further depletion of what little resources they had.
Churches in America sent food to the troubled country, as well as tribes of Christianized Indians.
The Choctaw tribe sent $710, this was only ten years after the Choctaw were forced from their land during the Trail of Tears.
Due to inflation, $710 dollars then would be worth $1,000,000 now.
One million people left Ireland and headed for America, one of whom was my great, great grandfather, Patrick Powers. As a result, many Immigrants were exposed to true Protestantism and converted.
It reminds me of what Joseph said in Genesis:
"But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive."
P.S Many thanks to my brother, Mike, for much of the wonderful information and tips.