The National Famine Way marks the poignant ill-fated story of assisted emigration in Ireland during the Famine in 1847 when 1,490 poor and hungry were forced to walk the 165km from the Strokestown Park Estate, County Roscommon to Custom House Quay in Dublin. They travelled onward to Liverpool and almost a third of them perished crossing the Atlantic in "coffin ships" bound for Canada.
The National Famine Way is a digitally and physically waymarked 165km walking trail that connects the National Famine Museum in Strokestown Park, Co. Roscommon, with Ronan Gillespie's Famine memorial on Custom House Quay in Dublin along the banks of the Royal Canal. The trail ends near the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Walkers can set their own pace and follow in the footsteps of the 1,490 tenants who were forced to emigrate from Strokestown to Canada on some of the worst of the coffin. The trail is waymarked with over 30 pairs of 19th-century bronze shoe sculptures.
The entire walk can be completed at your own pace in your own time.
When walking along the National Famine Way on the Royal Canal towards Longwood, County Meath, it is hard to imagine how the original 1,490 men, women and children must have felt as canal boats and barges passed them Continue reading →
The National Famine Way passes the Robinstown famine graveyard in Mullingar at its mid-point. This graveyard provides a quiet and contemplative setting to reflect on the journey of the 1,490 emigrants from Strokestown and all who Continue reading →
The Mullingar Workhouse is one of the best preserved and most moving sites on the National Famine Way. According to Seamus O’Brien, the “Mullingar poor law union was one of the largest in the country. The union workhouse, which was Continue reading →
A selection of 360 degree photos from the interior and gardens of Strokestown Park House. All were taken by Atul Nautiyal and Gary Munnelly from the ADAPT Centre when they visited there last week at the start of the Continue reading →