Emigrants from Ireland on a quayside

#Picture Number SO177

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Victorian illustration to download showing a group of emigrants from Ireland, men, women and children, waiting for their ship on a quayside, surrounded by their belongings packed in trunks and bundles. Carts laden with more bundles are behind them. In the background placards advertise sailings for Boston, New York and Quebec. Between about 1845 and 1852 the potato blight and the subsequent famine, disease, and evictions caused mass migration from Ireland. The Illustrated London News report of 10 May 1851 that accompanied this illustration estimated that the weekly total of emigrants was 1500 from Cork, 5000 from other Irish ports, and many more from Liverpool.