Eviction - Death or Emigration https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/ Eviction - Death or Emigration The Last, Hopeless Effort The starving family tries to block the doorway as forces come to evict them from their home. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105643558 105643558 The Police and Landlord's Men Outside Armed constabulary and home wreckers break their way in and throw the hopeless, penniless tenants are driven out together with their few miserable possessions. The house will be tumbled to deny the poor any chance of remaining. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105570211 105570211 Living in a Hovel People lived in squalid conditions, in the broken remains of a cottage as home, help and health deserted them. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105570216 105570216 The Wrecked Home A broken corner and a bit of a roof provide a dwindling shelter until the last meal is eaten and the is nothing remaining for the family is to take to the road in a desperate attempt to find food in a countryside with thousands of other unfortunates also searching for food. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105570217 105570217 Departure This family have to leave as no food or hope remains in the tiny cottage from which they have been evicted. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105566338 105566338 Thrown out on the Side of the Road This rare photograph records the reality of eviction; parents and children with no shelter, food, friends or hope sit half-dazed by their predicament - homeless and poverty-stricken. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104932913 104932913 The Tumbled Home Police and soldiers complete their work of destroying the home and hope for the unfortunate family. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105566334 105566334 A Rare Painting by G F Watts The artist shows some of the desolation of mind and body that was experienced by many, many thousand families. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105566339 105566339 Shattered Roofs and Broken Walls The impoverished family have to finally depart from all they knew and travel to towns to beg their bread. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105566340 105566340 Desolation This deserted village was the achievement of law and landlord; virtually a death sentence for an entire community. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105566336 105566336 A Starving Child Bereft and isolated this little girl searches the ground for any ears of grain or scrap of food to ease her perishing hunger. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105566337 105566337 The Cruel Road With a few rags and scraps slung on their backs the remains of the family take to the road to travel in search of food. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105566341 105566341 The Merciless Gateway These stark steel gates were erected at the entrance of Sligo's Workhouse as a memorial to the huddled masses once housed there. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105566335 105566335 Sod and Clay Housing Some families made their way to wasteland; stony outcrops or bogs They dug sods to build walls and roofing them with driftwood and strips of grass and clay. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105570227 105570227 Speculator This well dressed man surveys a deserted home. Land was cheap and human vultures took advantage of the desolation to make money from the misfortune of others. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105570215 105570215 Government Supply Food In their poverty the starving masses had to depend on maize supplied by the government. Maize was difficult to prepare and the supply was insufficient to feed all those who needed it; too little, too late. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105570221 105570221 The Fate of the Pauper An exhausted horse is whipped along drawing the emaciated bodies of the starved and diseased piled on an open cart to be tossed into a mass grave. All reverence for the dead disappeared. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105570213 105570213 Emigration - a Forlorn Hope The starved and stricken people flocked to ports in the hope of getting to another country to find food. Many died in the 'coffin' ships. With no other hope the starved and diseased were filched of the last of their money and jammed into vessels that were unseaworthy. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104932910 104932910 On Board Those who could find the fare piled into vessels with little food and less money. Ship owners and officers often sold alcohol to the human cargo and fleeced the passengers of the last of their wealth. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104932915 104932915 Disease Spreads Those who boarded the ships were often diseased and the close confines of an overcrowded ship ensured the disease spread quickly among the under-nourished passengers. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104932912 104932912 The Sailing Ship Without wind or with too much wind the Atlantic crossing was horrific. Food supplies ran out and the death rate rocketed. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104932921 104932921 Arrival in a New Land The emigrants often experienced harsh treatment and slave status in the ports and towns. The residents regarded these immigrants as a source of disease or exploitation. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104932916 104932916 Building a New Life Those who survived had virtually no possessions and very little, if any, money. Many found it impossible and joined fellow exiles in mass graves. Ironically these graves were usually marked unlike Ireland which still holds mass graves that people preferred to forget https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104932917 104932917 A Few Moments of Joy. These Irish emigrants found menial jobs such as laundry workers but knew they were saved from the holocaust that consumed a million or more of their compatriots. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104932918 104932918 Starved to Death Starvation isn't easy to look at but all should see and know that starvation was not uncommon and could attack again and again. It is better to be aware of these horrors in order to avoid them. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105570214 105570214 Anti-Irish Movements The impoverished Irish would work for less than the residents of the countries suddenly flooded with cheap labour and infectious diseases. Irish immigrants were thought to be the scum of the earth. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104932920 104932920 No Irish Need Apply New immigrants to new lands were rarely welcome. It became part of the culture. https://thegreathunger1845.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104932919 104932919