Irish Famine Statistics



For a more hopeful future
Let us learn from the past

Famine statistics are hard to digest
But we must if the victims are ever to rest

The following are The Facts
Sadly statistics don't rhyme

Fact: Two million Irish came to Liverpool in one decade
Fact: From January to June 1847 - 30,000 Irish arrived in coffin ships
Fact: Some ships arrived with a third of her passengers dead
Fact: The journey across the Irish Sea took three days in bad weather conditions
Fact: Steerage berths on ships could be as small as six feet square for four people
Fact: For those who settled in Liverpool many lived in Cellars
of
Typhus, Dysentery and Cholera
Fact: Sixty thousand people caught the fever
Fact: Forty thousand people contracted dysentery.

Famine statistics are hard to digest
But we must if the victims are ever to rest

For a more hopeful future
Let us learn from the past

By Maire Malone