National Famine Walk

National Famine Way Walk

Descendants of the #Missing1490 are being traced

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.

The 2019 National Famine Way Walk will take place from May 25th to May 30th . If you would like to take part, please register by clicking below. All are welcome to join for a short or long stretch of the Walk.


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The Famine walkers will follow in the footsteps of the 1,490 tenants from Denis Mahon’s estate at Strokestown to Canada.  They were forced to emigrate on some of the worst of the coffin ships in May 1847, or ‘Black 47’, one of the worst years of suffering of the Great Irish Famine. Their story and the route of the National Famine Way can be found at The tenants were escorted by Bailiff Robinson to Dublin to ensure they boarded ships and did not return home. 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 ship or in the ‘fever sheds’ at Grosse Isle when they arrived in Quebec.

The Strokestown House and Famine Archive staff have traced some of the descendants of those #Missing1490, but they are trying to find them all to commemorate our Famine heritage. “We are launching an appeal to solve the mystery of the #Missing 1490 by locating the descendants of those who survived this walk and emigrated to Canada and the United States. Go online to to join the search and help us find the #Missing1490,” said Caroilin Callery of Strokestown Park and the National Famine Museum.

Programme of the 2019 National Famine Way Walk

Fri, 24th May 8pm Canadian Wake, at the Percy French Hotel, Strokestown
Sat, 25th May 11am-5pm Strokestown to Clondra – 20km
Sun, 26th May 9.30am-5pm Clondra – Abbeyshrule – 32km
Mon, 27th May 9:30am-5pm Abbeyshrule – Mullingar – 27km
Tues, 28th May 9:30am-5pm Mullingar – Longwood – 30km
Wed, 29th May 9:30-5pm Longwood – Maynooth – 28km
Thurs, 30th May 9.30 am-5pm Maynooth – Dublin – 27 km
Thurs, 30th May 5pm Official Launch of the National Famine Way Trail at CHQ/EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum, Custom House Quay, Dublin as part of the National Famine Way Custom House Quay Festival.   Learn more here

The National Famine Way Custom House Quay Festival is supported by Dublin City Council.

The National Famine Way is being developed by Strokestown Park House, the National Famine Museum, and the Irish Heritage Trust in partnership with Waterways Ireland, the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology, Roscommon and Longford County Councils and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.

“National Famine Walk: ‘Remember your soul and your liberty’” Link to Irish Times article from May 2017 here.