Day 3 Abbeyshrule-Mullingar .c27km. Irish Famine Folklore

Famine walker Cathal Póirtéir Cathal Póirtéir and Mick Blanch, Irish Famine Walk 2015. Ballynacarrigy village in County Westmeath was devastated by the Great Hunger, as recalled in local folklore. One of Ireland’s most renowned folklorists, Cathal Póirtéir, is the author of Famine Echoes (Gill & Macmillan, 1995), the leading work in the field. In Famine Echoes, Póirtéir explains why folklore provides such a rich cultural resource for recovering the perspectives of the Famine Irish.  In his own words: I feel that the echoes of those silenced voices which we have in folk memory are the nearest we can get to...

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Day 3 Abbeyshrule – Mullingar c.27km. Irish Author and Ultra Runner Michael Collins on National Famine Walk (2017)

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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Day 2 Clondra-Abbeyshrule c.30km. The Story of 1,490 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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Day 2 Clondra – Abbeyshrule c.30km. Ballybrannigan’s Restored Ticket House

The restored passage-boat ticket office in Ballybrannigan Harbour, near Ballymahon, in County Longford, is a striking site along the National Famine Way. Before the Great Hunger, over 40,000 passengers were carried per annum on the canal and the tonnage of goods rose to a peak of 100,000 tons in the 1840s.  It is a fitting place to reflect on the Strokestown 1,490 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...

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Day 1 Strokestown to Clondra c.22km. Strokestown Quebec Youth Connection

RTÉ’s Nationwide featured an episode on the “Strokestown-Quebec Youth Connection” During the National Famine walk in 2017, 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 Tighe...

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