Thursday, 30 May, 2019
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The National Famine Way Custom House Quay Commemoration Launch will begin with the arrival of a group of Famine Walkers in the CHQ building at the end of their 167km, 6-day walk from Strokestown Park along the National Famine Way. The Famine Walkers will have followed in the footsteps of the 1,490 former tenants from Denis Mahon’s estate in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, who were forced to emigrate from Dublin and Liverpool on some of the worst of the coffin ships during the summer of 1847, when over half of them perished.

Participants in the National Famine Walk en route to Dublin

Launch of the National Famine Way Custom House Quay Commemoration 

May 30th from 17:30 to 19:30pm.

The Commemoration is being held to mark the opening of the National Famine Way walking trail and to commemorate generations of emigrants who left from the Dublin Docklands area, especially during the period of the Great Hunger in the mid-nineteenth-century and afterwards. 

The event is being hosted by the Irish Heritage Trust and National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park in partnership with EPIC. This event is supported by Dublin City Council.

The National Famine Way is a digitally and physically waymarked 167km walking trail that connects the National Famine Museum in Strokestown Park, Co. Roscommon, with Rowan Gillespie’s Famine memorial on Custom House Quay in Dublin along the banks of the Royal Canal. It allows walkers to 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 ships during the summer of 1847.

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