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Black and white illustrations from the Famine show the plight of Ireland’s impoverished emigrants

January 1847:  A Famine funeral at Skibbereen, County Cork  (Photo by HultonArchive/Illustrated London News/Getty Images)
January 1847: A Famine funeral at Skibbereen, County Cork (Photo by HultonArchive/Illustrated London News/Getty Images)

IN 2015, emigration dominated the news, with shocking image after shocking image of families feeling Syria  and risking their lives to get to Europe in the hopes of a better life. 

In the mid to late 1800s before cameras and photojournalism, the poor and starving were leaving Ireland in their droves and newspapers relied on illustrators to show their readers what was happening on the streets.

Publications like the Illustrated London News printed black and white drawing of Irish emigrants setting off from ports such as Liverpool on board vessels like the Nimrod and Athlone during the Famine, while others depict tenants being forcibly evicted from their homes in the west of Ireland.

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Some of the bleakest illustrations show starving people searching for potatoes in barren fields during The Great Famine (1845 – 1849) which was caused by the failure of the Irish potato crop and British government inaction.

In total, one million Irish people died from starvation and disease and another million fled as emigrants to Britain and North America during the Famine.

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3 comments on “Black and white illustrations from the Famine show the plight of Ireland’s impoverished emigrants”

  1. Margaret Gibb

    I find these pictures so sad.My ancestors left Ireland in 1860 obviously because of the potato famine as they were farmers. They came over to Scotland and lived a hard life in Leith.
    I think we all need to remember when we look at the migrants from Syria that most of us are descended from people who fled the land of their birth because of similar circumstances.
    Most of these people need our support not our condemnation.

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  2. Ossie John

    Absolutely right Margaret, open up your family's historical albums and enjoy. Then close your eyes and put yourself into their shoes and ask the question, would you given the same situation and circumstances they were in at that time have done anything differently than what they had to do just to survive!
    Live and allow to live plus help when you can.

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  3. Mullingar

    Do you really expect that someone actually could read caption text on images?!

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