165km Nationwide Famine Means launched – ‘The path has the potential to open up rural Eire’

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A brand new Nationwide Famine Means has been launched, following the footsteps of 1,490 emigrants who walked from Strokestown, Co Roscommon, to Dublin on the peak of the famine in 1847.

he 165km path, which principally follows off-road paths alongside the Royal Canal, shall be open year-round to walkers and cyclists, and is detailed in a brand new, downloadable OSI Path Map.

As a part of the initiative, a 14-page passport and information is that can be purchased for €10, with 27 stage stamps that may be collected alongside the path.

“The Nationwide Famine Means may be accomplished by anybody, at any time, on foot or by bike,” defined Caroilin Callery, of the Irish Heritage Belief and Nationwide Famine Museum, on the launch.

It traces the route taken by 1,490 folks – generally known as the “Lacking 1,490” – who left Strokestown in 1847 and walked to affix “among the worst coffin ships” travelling to Liverpool, and subsequently Quebec in Canada.

The walkers have been tenants of native landlord Main Denis Mahon, who supplied them the grim selection of emigration (by means of “assisted passage”), hunger on their blighted potato patch farms, or a spot within the native workhouse.


A screenshot of the new National Famine Way OSI Trail Map

A screenshot of the brand new Nationwide Famine Means OSI Path Map

A screenshot of the brand new Nationwide Famine Means OSI Path Map

Solely half of those that set-off from Roscommon ever made it to Quebec.

The 21st century path is a collaboration between the Nationwide Famine Museum, the Irish Heritage Belief, Waterways Eire, EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum and several other County Councils alongside the route.

After leaving Strokestown, walkers and cyclists “set off on a journey that takes you thru among the most unspoiled countryside in Eire”, stated John O’Driscoll, Normal Supervisor of the Nationwide Famine Museum.

The preliminary 20km part to Clondra is alongside “quaint nation highway”, Callery provides, however from there it joins the Royal Canal Greenway, with signposts and trailheads guiding walkers and cyclists by means of six counties.

In addition to linking Eire’s Hidden heartlands and Eire’s Historic East, the path is topped and tailed by museums – the Nationwide Famine Museum in Strokestown, and EPIC and the Jeanie Johnston reproduction famine ship in Dublin.

Customers can dip out and in as they like, however anybody choosing up 27 stage stamps can accumulate a Camino-style “completion certificates” on the finish from EPIC.


The new National Famine Way passport
The new National Famine Way passport

The brand new Nationwide Famine Means passport

The brand new Nationwide Famine Means passport

The passport/information focuses on the stroll of 12-year-old Daniel Tighe, who survived the terrifying transatlantic journey in 1847.

Vignettes reimagining Daniel’s journey have been written by creator Marita Conlon-McKenna, and are related to markers that includes over thirty pairs of bronze youngsters’s footwear alongside the route.

In addition to its well being and cultural affect, the venture may present an financial good thing about as much as €2 million for native communities by means of bike rent and enterprise for outlets, cafés, bars and lodging alongside the best way, in line with Anne O’Donoghue, CEO of the Irish Heritage Belief.

“The path has the potential to open up rural Eire,” she stated.

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