Ireland 1847

Asenath Nicholson: “Two little orphan boys, one about nine and the other five, called at the door of a rich widow of my acquaintance, and asked for food. The woman had consumed all her bread at breakfast but a small piece, and giving this to the eldest, she said, “You must divide this with your […]

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Burial in Ireland in 1845–52

“A trap coffin came into use. Sturdy enough to withstand the wear of hundreds of funerals. Fitted with a hinged bottom that swung open when released at the graveyard, whereby the deceased was dropped into the grave.” Taken from the book ‘The Truth Behind The Irish Famine: 72 paintings, 472 eyewitness quotes: http://www.jerrymulvihill.com

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Cork Examiner 1846

“Dead bodies of children flung into holes hastily scratched in the earth, without shroud or coffin – wives travelling 10 miles to beg the charity of a coffin for a dead husband, and bearing it back that weary distance, every field becoming a grave and the land a wilderness.” Taken from The Truth Behind The […]

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An Irish Labourer on the Public Works | 1845–52

Accounts describe workers spending their final moments crawling along the roadside in the direction of their homes. Far from having their wants relieved, thousands of labourers had been effectively worked to death and the health of tens of thousands gravely affected. Taken from the book The Truth Behind The Irish Famine:72 paintings, 472 eyewitness quotes […]

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Irish Emigrants in New York 1847 | Ciarán Ó Murchadha – Historian

These shy, gullible people were stunned and overwhelmed by their new surroundings, terrified by the great roaring cities in which they found themselves. This bewilderment is evident in some of the contemporary prints which show them crouched along the quayside, meagre possessions piled up protectively about them.”Taken from The Truth Behind The Irish Famine, 100 […]

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Ireland 1845–52

Sidney Osborne: “On our journey we had ample opportunity of seeing to what shifts the peasantry will resort before they will face the union house after they have been evicted and seen their homes tumbled. Their usual practice is, with the thatch and some of the roof stick s, to build up a dwelling called […]

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