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Dublin Famine Tour

Dublin Famine Tour
Dublin Famine Tour The Irish Famine Exhibition  Located on the 2nd Floor of the Stephens Green Shopping Centre. This summer exhibition tells the st...

Kinsale Workhouse Register 1847

Kinsale Workhouse Register

Registry of Admittance and Discharge

Ballinspittle in County Cork is an area that was covered by the Kinsale Union Workhouse.

The 1841 Census states that there were 816 houses in the area, and 654 of these were windowless, one-room cabins, built of mud.

Despite this, the area was described as a prosperous one.

The potato blight was first seen in the area in September 1845....

Souperism - The Achill Mission Colony

Souperism - The Achill Mission Colony
Origin of the term 'Taking the Soup' or to 'Take the Soup'.

As we embark on another important year of commemorations, it's important to remember that 2020 also marks the 175th anniversary of the start of the Irish Potato Famine (1845 to 1852).

For many, the term "taking the soup" is synonymous with the Famine story. 

Protestant Bible societies set up schools in which starving children were fed, on the condition of receiving Protestant religious instruction at the same time....

Letters of the Famine, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper:

Letters of the Famine, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper:
About 1.5 million Irish immigrants sailed to U.S. ports during the Great Famine of the mid-19th century, most of them starving and disease-weakened. Their arrival prompted plenty of news coverage and debate, much like today’s reporting about immigration and the Trump administration’s travel ban.....

Famine Children Born at Sea, in the U.S. National Archives "Prologue" magazine

Famine Children Born at Sea, in the U.S. National Archives "Prologue" magazine
Anne Kerny wailed and moaned as the Garrick sailed to America during the worst winter of Ireland’s Great Famine. Somewhere in the Atlantic, before the ship reached New York City on January 20, 1848, the cries of the baby she delivered also filled the steerage compartment.......

The Workhouse

Kinsale Workhouse Admissions
The workhouse was introduced into Ireland as part of the English Poor Law system in 1838. The British government believed it to be the most cost ef...

Irish Famine Orphan Girls Shipped to Australia

Irish Famine Orphan Girls Shipped to Australia
4000 adolescent female orphans emigrated from Irish workhouses to the Australian colonies, arriving at Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide between 1...

Irish Famine Memorial

Irish Famine Memorial
Here is a sample of Irish Famine Memorials : Grosse Île, Quebec, Canada "Grosse Île serves as a memorial to the tragic events endured by Irish ...

Famine Cross

Famine Cross
Presentation Sister Elizabeth Maxwell   The text below the famine cross museum piece reads as follows: 'Made from the Wood of a Hinged C...

Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke: An Irish Immigrant Story

Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke: An Irish Immigrant Story
'Irish immigrant Florence Burke has lived in Massachusetts for more than a decade but he's still a tenant farmer and his family lives in near-pove...