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In the early 1900’s my father, mother, brother, two sisters and I immigrated to the United States from Ireland. We are the O’Farrell family and this is our story. My family and I at the age of 17 left Ireland in hopes of bettering our life and to make a future for myself. Our families are farmers and we had just lost our land. There was another Potato Famine like the one in the 1800’s, where people were starving, getting sick and not being able to make money to get what we needed. With no way to feed our families and no stability we sought a better opportunity elsewhere. As time passed things only got worse in Ireland and the conditions were horrible, many of us including our neighbors were trying to move to America.

We first took a boat across the Atlantic Ocean. It seemed like it took forever and it was no luxurious ride by no means! We were miserable and there was a certain stench that burned our noses. Our beds were way down in the bottom of the boat. There were bunks here, one on top of the other, they were everywhere! There were so many people I felt like we were a stack of potato sacks. There was no room to actually get comfortable. One night there was this huge storm that rocked the boat back and forth making me sea sick. The rain would pour down like it would never stop. One person I heard saying the Captain thought we were going to sink. I had begun to get very scared. Eventually the storm passed and we continued on our journey.

We finally past the Statue OfLiberty and I knew we were nearing Ellis Island which was our next stop. When we got to Ellis Island, they put the gangplank down, and there was a man at the foot, and he was shouting, at the top of his voice, “Put your luggage here, and drop your luggage here.” He then directed men to go one…...

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