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.
On the way to Moyvalley Catherine and I see two kingfishers on the canal. They sparkle like jewels as they fly over this beautiful stretch of water. Further on a tall grey heron with his long beak hides among the tall rushes fishing.
The quiet is broken when one of the Connor girls takes a bad fall and she screams as she tumbles into the canal. Mr Robinson shouts at her mother telling her that she should mind her children better. Mam and the other women are angry with him though luckily Brigid Connor is fine.
Cathal Póirtéir on the impact of the Famine on the Irish language (in Gaelic and English)
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