Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

When I was visiting Ireland, I visited several museums and read about the famine and mass emigration that happened due to a variety of reasons. This slide below is pretty unfocused but the next slide explains in sad detail some of the ugly truth…
Ireland, 1847- exports were enough to feed 4x the population of Ireland

Ireland exports to England in 1847

And one more, a tad unfocused item found in another Irish museum.

Irish Coffin Ships
Coffin ships: Setting sail in 1846/7

Up to the middle 1840s, ships from Northern Europe sailed only in spring and summer to ensure they avoided ice and bad weather on their transatlantic voyage.

But in 1846, the most severe winter in living memory, immigration ships continued to sail from Ireland. Most headed southwest, to US ports. Alarmed at the level of destitution and illness arriving with these vessels, the US Congress quickly passed two new Passenger Acts in order to make the voyage even more expensive. That following March, the minimum fare to New York rose to £7, an amount way beyond the majority of families facing starvation in Ireland. Even so, all tickets had been sold by the middle of April.
Found on Irish Geology

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance (to an Irish Cottage)

entrance to cottageEntrance to an Irish Cottage at Doagh Famine Village in County Donegal.
Last summer, my sister and I went to this museum located in the northern tip of Ireland in the Dingle Peninsula. . What a great history I received by attending!


Doagh Famine Village 2011: “Living on the Edge”:

The Famine Village tells the story of a family and community living on the edge and surviving, from the Famine of the 1840s to the present time.

Comments from Marge: This museum is a MUST see! You will learn so much and walk away with insight and awareness that makes the rest of the visit fall into place!

If you go – be sure to write and tell me about it!