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MainCa~1 Record

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The Famine affected the Western seaboard counties more than the rest of the country. Thousands emigrated, leaving deserted villages like the one on Achill island.

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Researcher 12's comment, September 27, 2013 3:58 PM
Much of the available material on the Famine is from outside sources. This material contains contemporary accounts of those actually witnessing the event, and contains accounts of those forced to emigrate. This is valuable as much of the global diaspora is descended from these original emigrants.
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A History of Ireland in 100 Objects – 82. Emigrant’s teapot, late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects – 82. Emigrant’s teapot, late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century | My Research Workspace 12 | Scoop.it
It is telling that Irish folk culture developed its own objects specifically for the act of emigration. The sheer scale of outward migration in the decade of the Great Famine is staggering: 2.1 million people.
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People brought specific objects with them when they emigrated, reminders of home and what they'd left behind.

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'My name is Patrick... | St. Patrick’s Confessio

'My name is Patrick... | St. Patrick’s Confessio | My Research Workspace 12 | Scoop.it
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Our national saint was not born in Ireland; first he was a captive and then a willing immigrant.

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Dictionary of Irish Biography - Cambridge University Press

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Why did Nora and Joyce feel they had to leave Ireland?

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