Many people emigrated from Ireland to North America, Australia and New Zealand.
In one year 75,000 people emigrated.
Going to North America, Australia or New Zealand meant a better life.
Rats were coming on the boats.
At the docks hundreds of people were waiting for a boat to emigrate.
To emigrate you had to buy a ticket.
It was a hard life during emigration in the famine in 1845.
On the boat many people died.
Numbers of around 240 were on one ship and around 100 died.
By Clayton (Glenarm P.S.)
The Soup Kitchen
When I arrived to start work at the soup kitchen, I started off by cooking lots of soup. I boiled the water over the fire. It took about five minutes to boil. Next I got some carrots and turnips. I cut them up finely with a very sharp knife. Cutting one of the carrots I accidentally cut my finger. I washed it outside in the stream.
I went back to the kitchen to find that some of the turnips had fallen to the floor. I cleaned it in the basin of water in the corner, and dropped it into the boiling water over the fire. When the soup was cooked I took it to feed the poor. I looked around and the first thing I noticed was the weak, hungry looking children.
I got to work and by the time I was finished feeding the starving people, two of the elderly ones had passed away.