Day 4 on the Famine Way: Mullingar to Longwood

Day 4 of the Famine Way walk started out in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath and followed the Royal Canal for 30km to Longwood in Co. Meath. The walkers saw all weathers along the route – dull and gloomy starting out, rain on the way to McNead’s Bridge, but by the afternoon, the sun was shining. 30km was the longest distance the walkers covered in a single day, but the local communities of McNead’s Bridge and Hill of Down turned out to greet the walkers and the local pubs Mary Lynch’s (McNead’s Bridge) and J. Morans (Hill of Down) were ready...

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Day 2 on the Famine Way: Mosstown to Abbeyshrule

The Famine Way walkers were relieved to wake up to a dry, sunny morning on Day 2 of the 2017 National Famine Walk. The Day 2 route took the walkers along the Royal Canal from Mosstown to Abbeyshrule in County Longford. The group was  delighted to be joined by the Longford Ramblers and Hikers for the day. Today was one of the shortest distances on the route measuring 19km from Mosstown to Abbeyshrule. As they set off, the walkers remembered the 1490 tenants who made the original journey 170 years ago. The story of five-year-old James Flood Jr. highlights the hardship...

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Day 2 on the Famine Way: Clondra – Abbeyshrule, c. 32km

The 2017 National Famine Walk got underway today as the international group of Famine scholars began walking in the footsteps of the 1,490 tenants from Denis Mahon’s estate who were forced to emigrate during the summer of 1847. Early this morning, the Famine walkers gathered in Strokestown House to say their final farewells before embarking on the six day walk to Dublin. From Strokestown, the walkers made their way to Clondra where they were greeted by President Michael D. Higgins who joined them as they set off on the next leg of the journey to Mosstown. Read the President’s speech in...

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