While many love to call the Emerald Isle home, there were brief moments in history where Ireland was a scary place to live. The first came during the Viking invasion on 795, when nearly every Irish monastery in their path was destroyed. The next was the black death, or the bubonic plague, that killed 14,000 people over 5 months in Dublin alone. As history runs on, Ireland had more difficult times like The Great Hunger which lead to nearly one million deaths by starvation. That proud Irish spirit comes from centuries of weathering these difficult times.