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Monthly Feature

The Year Nearly 100,000 Irish Sailed to Canada

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the arrival of one of the biggest groups of migrants in Canadian history. A fungus had ruined the Irish potato crop. To escape starvation and disease, 97,492 people set sail for British North America in 1847.

Bronze-cast statues of emaciated walkers on a wide city sidewalk, one figure carries a body over his shoulders.
Famine, a sculpture by Rowan Gillespie located in Dublin’s City Centre, depicts people walking towards the harbour, to be carried away by ships.
Credit: User AlanMc on en.wikipedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.