Irish Author and Ultra Runner Michael Collins on National Famine Walk

From Irish Times (March 31, 2017) http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/i-feel-an-obligation-to-re-engage-and-better-understand-what-it-is-to-be-irish-1.3032147 ‘I feel an obligation to re-engage and better understand what it is to be Irish’ Author Michael Collins explains why as an emigrant, a father and a writer he feels drawn to explore his own sense of Irishness Fri, Mar 31, 2017, 12:49 Michael Collins Victor Boyle, Marc Miller MP, Fergus Keyes, Michael Collins and Ronan Corbett at Montreal’s Famine memorial in 2016 My relationship with The Irish Times started last year when I approached its books editor Martin Doyle about running a marathon a day from Grosse Île to Toronto. He...

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The Story of 1490 orphan James Flood

On May 11, 2014, Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveiled a glass wall memorial to the 1490 emigrants during the National Famine Commemoration at Strokestown. https://www.rte.ie/news/player/2014/0511/20576539-national-famine-commemoration-held-at-strokestown/ Colin McMahon has traced the 1490 orphan James Flood’s movements between Strokestown, Liverpool, Grosse Île and Montreal in an article entitled “Recrimination and Reconciliation: Great Famine Memory in Liverpool and Montreal at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” Atlantic Studies: Global Currents 11.3 (2014): 344-64. Colin McMahon In McMahon’s own words (347-348): The Famine influx has long been an emotionally charged and politically potent memory for Irish groups in Liverpool and Montreal, not only because...

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Ballybrannigan’s Restored Ticket House

On the second day of the Famine walk, the walkers visited the Ballybrannigan ticket office, which has been restored. It is a fitting place to reflect on the Strokestown 1490 emigrants and multitude of others who passed this way while travelling on the Royal Canal to Dublin. Professor Cian McMahon from the University of Las Vegas has discovered sample passage tickets used by Irish emigrants in 1847 and from Sir Robert Gore Booth’s estate at Lissadell in County Sligo who sailed to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1847. Gore Booth Passenger...

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The 1,490 – The Grey Nuns, and The Fever Sheds of Montreal

Minister Heather Humphries, President Higgins, Famine walkers and exhibit curators Christine Kinealy and Jason King. On this first day of the Famine walk, Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins greeted the walkers and joined them as they set off from Clondra and the commemorative ceremony for the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Canal. A few months earlier, in September 2016, he launched the “Saving the Famine Irish: The Grey Nuns and the Great Hunger” exhibit along with Arts and Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys at the Glasnevin Museum during the National Famine Commemoration in Dublin. The exhibit is...

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Strokestown Quebec Youth Connection

RTÉ’s Nationwide featured an episode on the “Strokestown-Quebec Youth Connection” On this first day of the Famine walk, Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins greeted the walkers and joined them as they set off from Clondra and the commemorative ceremony for the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Canal. President Higgins is the patron of the Irish National Famine Museum in Strokestown and very supportive of its activities, such as the National Famine Walk. The walk was inspired by the museum’s founder Jim Callery’s meeting in the year 2000 with Léo Tye, the grandson of Strokestown Famine orphan Daniel...

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