FAMINE IN IRELAND -- January 18, 1847.

On Saturday morning, at an early hour, the powerful Government steamer Dragon, engaged by the British Association for the Relief of the Distressed Poor in Ireland, sailed from Deptford for the Irish coast, having on board a cargo of several hundred tons weight of articles of food, clothing, flannel, blankets, & c., for distribution in the most distressed districts. This is the first vessel despatched by the association, but others will follow in succession as speedily as practicable. -- Observer