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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...