Between 1949 and 1989 it is estimated that 800,000 people left Ireland most of these in the 1950s. Photographer David Creedon has cataloged images of the things these poor people left behind.
A chair still sits by the fire,
a teapot abandoned, did they drink their last cup of Irish tea from this?
A bike that was not to do this particular journey,
how bright they tried to make their miserable lives,
the pram left behind meant babies were to be carried to a new life,
a sewing machine in remarkable condition considering how long it must have sat there,
a dress that maybe no longer fitted the owner and finally
why was this trunk, with the shipping label still attached, not taken?
Sad sad stories that I can sympathise with as my maternal grandmother was forced to leave Ireland during the Potato Famine and her stories were heartbreaking.