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An adventurous 165 km cross country trail that follows the Royal Canal as it weaves through country lanes, villages, towns and city – can be done in sections over time or all at once – as you choose. Follow the story of Strokestown’s Famine Emigrants as our interactive bronze shoe sculptures creates a thought provoking experience, on this commemorative cross country walk. The trail is topped and tailed by two iconic museums – “The National Famine Museum” at Strokestown Park and “The Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship” / “ EPIC – Irish Emigration Museum” at the Dublin end.

SHOE STORIES - Daniel’s Story – Black ‘47

My name is Daniel Tighe / Tye, I am 12 years old, in May 1847 the worst year of the Great Irish Famine, I walked this path from Strokestown to Dublin heading for a Ship and in hope of a new life in North America. Follow in the footsteps of my story through the 30 pairs of Bronze Shoes along the National Famine Way.

At Clonliffe Bridge Catherine and I stop, for below us, there are two pairs of swans with their cygnets, swimming and dabbling in the water. They are the most beautiful birds that I have ever seen.

‘Swans mate for life’ said mother watching them ‘their hearts are broken if they lose their mate, just as I am broken hearted without your father Bernard.’

Bailiff Robinson lets a roar at us and tells us to ‘keep up.’ even though we are exhausted we cannot rest now for we are near our journey’s end.


The Great Famine Centenary 1947 GAA All Ireland Final in New York City

Nathan Mannion (Senior Curator, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum) at Croke Park on the 1947 GAA All Ireland Final played in New York to mark the Famine Centenary of 1847:


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