- Robert Scally (qtd in O’Grada 105-106).
After years of oppression from the British government and a famine, a large part of the Irish population chose to emigrate from Ireland in a final attempt to save themselves and their family. Conditions at home were uninhabitable, and therefore they chose to embark on a dangerous ship sailing to North America, Australia, or England. However, they were not prepared for the despicable conditions on the coffin ships, or the threat of famine diseases wherever they went. In this section you will find information on emigration, coffin ships, and the destinations to which the coffin ships would journey to.