The Dunbrody at New Ross, Co. Wexford

12" X 16" Oil on MDF
"In 1845, the very year of her launch, famine struck Ireland. With the potato crop failing and food prices soaring, widespread starvation would soon force more than a million people to flee the country. So many people left, that there were not enough passenger ships to carry them all. Entrepreneurial merchants, like the Graves’, took the opportunity to fit out their cargo vessels with bunks to meet the extra demand. Between 1845 and 1851 the Dunbrody carried thousands of emigrants to North America."

Location: New Ross, Co. Wexford

Photographer: Valerie Syms Martin

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Unframed oil painting on MDF250
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