Kathy Stockbridge, a professional photographer and blogger based in Rome, NY, has visited Ireland many times. In this post, she shares a reflection on her visit to The Dunbrody, docked at New Ross in Co. Wexford, Ireland.
At the turn of the century, many Irish fled Ireland for America due to the Great Famine. Booking portage on ships was costly and the conditions poor with little to no food, cramped areas, and sickness. Despite all these obstacles, those who successfully made the trip found themselves in an unknown country having to begin again with nothing. One such traveler was Patrick Kennedy who sailed across in 1849, 112 years later his great-grandson would become the President of the United States. The perseverance and strength of these individuals inspires and humbles me today. In their honor, I share photos from the Dunbrody, a replica of one of the ships that brought these brave men, women, and children to an unknown land, full of hope and promise.
Kathy Stockbridge, Flashback Photography