Community Welfare/Women's Department NEWS

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Update: Women's Trip to the Jeanie Johnson Famine Ship

This morning, Wednesday October 23rd, we took a trip to one of Dublin’s top tourist’s attractions, the Jeanie Johnson.  The original Jeanie Johnson was a ship built for desperate men, women and children fleeing the Famine to go from Ireland to America. The original ship was destroyed so an exact authentic replica of the original Jeanie Johnston was made. On the ship we had an informative tour where we were taken to the bottom of the ship and were told some stories about some people on the boat. For example, we were told that once there was a family that only had enough money to send one person away so a man went on the Jeanie Johnson to America. His plan was to make some money in America and send it back to Ireland so his family can come too. 3 years later he sent some money back to his family and his family went to America. When they arrived, his wife was unable to find him and also had no way to communicate with him. She then decided to put an advertisement of him in the newspaper so word would spread and it would be easier for her to find him. Unfortunately she was still unable to find him. After the stories, we took a look at all the realistic wax figures. Soon after, we went to the top of the deck. Our tour guide told us how the ship was destroyed and that all the parts of the ship no longer remain. After exploring the ship for a bit longer, we went to Munch and enjoyed a delicious meal.