FOLLOW IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS

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.

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

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 Continue reading

Day 2 on the Famine Way: Mosstown to Abbeyshrule

Day 2 on the Famine Way: Mosstown to Abbeyshrule

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The Famine Way walkers were relieved to wake up to a dry, sunny morning on Day 2 of the 2017 National Famine Walk. The Day 2 route Continue reading

Day 2 Clondra-Abbeyshrule c.30km. The Story of 1,490 orphan James Flood

Day 2 Clondra-Abbeyshrule c.30km. The Story of 1,490 orphan James Flood

Enda Kenny Strokestown

On May 11, 2014, Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveiled a glass wall memorial to the 1490 emigrants during the National Famine Commemoration at Strokestown.

James Flood Irish Famine Memorial Wall Strokestown.png

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 Continue reading

Day 2 on the Famine Way: Clondra – Abbeyshrule, c. 32km

Day 2 on the Famine Way: Clondra – Abbeyshrule, c. 32km

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The 2017 National Famine Walk got underway today as the international group of Famine scholars began walking in the footsteps of the 1,490 tenants from Denis Mahon’s estate who Continue reading