Eviction of the 1490 from the Mahon estate at Strokestown

May 1847
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In May 1847 or ‘Black 47’, one of the worst years of suffering of the Great Irish Famine, 1490 tenants from the Mahon estate at Strokestown Park, Co. Roscommon were escorted on foot by Bailiff Robinson to Dublin to ensure they boarded their ship and did not return home.

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The story of the tenants’ fate after they left Dublin is a harrowing one. They travelled on open deck packet steamers to Liverpool where they waited in the cellars of quayside buildings at Liverpool docks to board their ships to Canada. The four ships they boarded – Erin’s Queen, Naomi, The Virginius and The John Munn – were badly fitted out and poorly provisioned. Almost half of those who embarked died aboard the ship or in the ‘fever sheds’ at Grosse Isle when they arrived in Quebec. Of course, this was not known to them as they walked along the Royal Canal to Dublin, away from hunger and hoping for a better life.

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In 2019, the Strokestown Famine walkers followed in their footsteps (172 years after their original journey) blazing a new National Famine Way walking trail along the Royal Canal between Strokestown and Dublin. Watch their chilling reenactment of the eviction of the 1,490 from Denis Mahon’s estate at Strokestown Park in May 1847...