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Summary: Blessing for Irish Emigrants

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This 1851 Illustrated London News sketch shows a priest giving his blessing to a group of departing emigrants. Religion was often very important to such people and they formed strong Catholic communities among the immigrant populations of America’s growing cities.

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Engraving showing a priest blessing his flock in an Irish village, as they load up a cart with all their possessions to emigrate to America, 1851.

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