Tenant farmers crops destroyed
Subsistence-level Irish farmers found their food stores rotting in their cellars. The crops they relied on to pay the rent to their British and Irish Protestant landlords were destroyed. Peasants, who ate the rotten produce because they had no choice, grew sick, and entire villages were consumed with cholera and typhus. Parish priests, desperate to provide for their congregations, were forced to forsake buying coffins in order to feed starving families, with the dead going unburied or buried only in the clothes they wore when they died. Oddly enough, massive quantities of food were still exported from Ireland to England, in beef, mutton and other meats.