We were delighted to launch today a new interactive outdoor experience the National Famine Way, with the establishing of a unique National Famine Way Passport/Guide and OSI Trail Map. Learn more here www.nationalfamineway.ie / strokestownpark.ie/passport-national-famine-way/.
The 14-page National Famine Way Passport/Guide highlights local historical landmarks and allows walkers and cyclists to record their progress with 27 stage stamps along the specially developed route. The Trail details the ill-fated journey of 1,490 famine emigrants who walked from Strokestown Park to ships in Dublin in 1847, at the height of the Irish Famine. A completion certificate is awarded at the end of the Trail at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.
The National Famine Way is an accredited 165km Heritage and Arts Trail from Strokestown Park, Co. Roscommon through six counties to Dublin, mostly along the Royal Canal. With its captivating layers of history and culture, the Trail is designed to be accessible for families, schools, casual walkers and cyclists, through to famine and historical enthusiasts. It offers a safe, recreational option available 365 days a year in a self-guided and paced format with signposting and trailheads along the route.
The new Passport/Guide is centred around the walk of one of the original famine walkers from Strokestown Park - 12 year-old Daniel Tighe - who remarkably survived the horrific journey to Quebec, Canada on one of the worst famine ships. Award-winning author Marita Conlon-McKenna has written vignettes reimagining Daniel’s journey in 1847 and connected to over thirty pairs of bronze children’s shoes interspersed along the route. These audio recordings are available to listen to online at www.nationalfamineway.ie.
We are delighted that all of our Irish Heritage Trust staff here at Strokestown Park have completed the hygiene and safety training to obtain the Fáilte Ireland Covid-19 Safety Charter. We would like to reassure you that the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff continue to be our number one priority. Further information about the Fáilte Ireland Covid-19 Safety Charter is available www.failteireland.ie/Footer/COVID-19-Safety-Charter/List-of-businesses-compliant-with-COVID-19-safety.aspx#TourismTogether
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For Heritage Week 2020 we have created a 10 minute film based on Olive Pakenham Mahon's diary from World War One. The film can be viewed on Youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvOTiCOUIKo&t=10s .
The piece uses extracts from Olive's diary written during the first months of the war, just after her first husband, Edward King Harman of Rockingham was deployed to the Western Front.
The piece has been created by the archivist at Strokestown Park and Anne Marie O'Sullivan of Enchanted Croí Theatre Company and was filmed in Strokestown Park House.
It is with regret, we have decided to postpone the event in light of current COVID-19 restrictions. Anyone who has bought tickets online will received a full refund. A new date will be announced once restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Strokestown Park House Tours Begin again.
Great News tours of Strokestown Park House will begin again on Monday 3rd August. Each day a tour will go at 12.00noon and 2.00pm. Limited to 15 people per tour and face masks are mandatory. The tour will include the Main Reception Rooms and the Renowned Galleried Kitchen all on the ground floor. Due to social distancing our numbers are limited once we reach 15 people on a tour unfortunately we cannot add others on. We are open 7 days a week 11.00am to 4.00pm. #irishheritagetrust #irelandshiddenheartlands #loveroscommon #greatirishhouses #welcomeback #staysafe #StayConnected #strokestown
Strokestown Park House Tours Begin again.
Great News tours of Strokestown Park House will begin again on Monday 3rd August. Each day a tour will go at 12.00noon and 2.00pm. Limited to 15 people per tour and face masks are mandatory. The tour will include the Main Reception Rooms and the Renowned Galleried Kitchen all on the ground floor. Due to social distancing our numbers are limited once we reach 15 people on a tour unfortunately we cannot add others on. We are open 7 days a week 11.00am to 4.00pm.
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