Irish Culture Club of Delaware
Between just 1845 and 1851, more than 1.5 million people emigrated from Ireland. That mass departure came at a time when the Irish population was only about 8.2 million, and when 1 million people were dying or had already died of starvation due to the infamous potato blight, the fungus infection that wiped out the nation’s most important food source.
By 1860, more than 4.5 million Irish had arrived in America, making up over a third of all immigrants to the United States.
Now, Ireland is hoping that some of their descendants will return. Irish tourism officials have published guides to prospective ancestry tourists, providing advice on how to research Irish ancestors.
Cobh, a town in County Cork, for example was the most important departure point for Irish emigrants. In total, 2.5 million people set sail from Cobh between between 1848 and 1950. Today visitors can tour the Cobh Heritage Centre.
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July 22, 2018 at 05:33PM