In 1841 the population of Ireland had been 8,175,124. By 1851 it had reduced to 6,552,385. Many had sailed directly from Irish ports but most went first to England and sailed from Liverpool. Some stayed in England not because they had a love of that country, but because they had no money to go further. They were usually made unwelcome, considered a pestilence and often driven away. By June 1847, more than 300,000 Irish had landed in Liverpool, living in appalling condtions. To their  credit many of the English did their best to help but the situation was hopeless and the plight of these poor immigrants was hardly relieved once they got a passage, packed in ships as ballast, a perfect breeding ground for disease.

Many sites available on the net which evoke the terribleness of the famine and the lasting effects on the Irish people