National Famine Walk

The Irish Heritage Trust and Strokestown Park house are launching the National Famine Way walking trail with a six-day 165 km walk from Strokestown to Dublin from May 25th to May 30th 2019. The route follows the Royal canal from the Shannon river to Dublin.

This is to remember the 1490 people who walked from Strokestown to embark on emigrant ships in Dublin in May 1847. A large number of these people died either on the ships from Liverpool or on arrival in the fever sheds at Grosse Isle in Qubec.

They have kindly invited Direct Provision residents and New Horizon volunteers to participate in some or all of this walk. People can:

  • Attend the Canadian Wake in Stokestown on 24th May
  • Walk one, or more, days on the route
  • Walk all the way
  • Attend the arrival ceremony and launch of the trail at the Emigration Museum in Dublin on May 30th

This is very closely related to the terrible experiences of many of our friends on their journey to Ireland. It’s an opportunity to tell our refugee story and relate it in a deep, deep way to Irish history.

I’d really love to support this walk. If you can help by participating or by organising people to come to events please let me know.


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