National Famine Walk to pass through Longford

The National Famine Walk takes place from May 25 to 30

Jessica Thompson

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National Famine Walk to pass through Longford

The National Famine Walk takes place from May 25 to 30

The National Famine Walk – Famino, will take place over six days from May 25 to May 30, 2019 when an international group of walkers will launch the National Famine Way walking trail, passing through Longford on May 25, 26 and 27.

The trail begins in Strokestown, and ends at the Jeannie Johnson Famine Ship, and Rowan Gillespie Famine sculptures at Custom House Quay, Dublin. Walkers will follow county roads from Strokestown to Clondra, Co Longford, before taking to the rural towpaths of the Royal Canal which will lead them into the heart of Dublin city.

They will follow in the footsteps of the 1,490 tenants from Denis Mahon’s estate at Strokestown Park who were forced to emigrate during the summer of ‘Black 47’, one of the worst years of suffering of the Great Irish Famine. Strokestown Park, is now home to the Irish National Famine Museum.

Local people are invited to join the famine walk at various stretches of the route.

The walk will come into Clondra on Saturday evening, May 25, when walkers will arrive from Strokestown.

On Sunday, May 26, the group will make its way from Clondra as far as Abbeyshrule, which is a 32km walk. They will leave Clondra at 9.30am on the Sunday morning and hope to arrive in Abbeyshrule by 5pm that evening.

The final bit of the Longford stretch will take place on Monday, May 27, at 9.30am when the group will start its 27km walk from Abbeyshrule to Mullingar.

For more information, visit the Famine Way website www.nationalfamineway.ie.