National Famine Way

Walking in the footsteps of our Strokestown #Missing 1,490

"A beautiful, smart way of embracing history, embracing the country, embracing tourism, keeping the economy afloat....the best initiative for Irish tourism since the Wild Atlantic Way" Ryan Tubridy, RTE (National Broadcaster)

Follow in the footsteps of 1,490 people who walked the 165km route from Strokestown Park Estate to Custom House Quay in Dublin, along the National Famine Way, a new interactive historic trail including an App, Passport/Guide and OSI Map. This Heritage and Arts Trail is an accredited Trail from Strokestown Park, Co. Roscommon through six counties to Dublin, mostly through countryside along the Royal Canal on flat and well-surfaced paths.

A thought-provoking trail

The National Famine Way is a self-guided Trail which 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.

With its captivating layers of history and culture, the Trail will give you a truly immersive experience, and is centred around the walk of twelve-year-old Daniel Tighe – one of the original famine walkers from Strokestown Park – who remarkably survived the horrific journey to Quebec in Canada in 1847. Daniel’s journey is reimagined in vignettes written by award-winning author Marita Conlon-McKenna.

These are connected to over thirty pairs of 19th-century bronze children’s shoes interspersed along the route which create a thought-provoking experience.

National Famine Way Passport
National Famine Way Shoes memorial

National Famine Way Passport/Guide and App

Participants are invited to become an Officially Registered Walker by obtaining the new Passport/Guide, personalised Ship Ticket and Certificate of Completion. Whether you’re a casual walker, cyclist, historical enthusiast, or out for the day with your family, enjoy the trail at your own pace. This is a safe, recreational option available all year round with signposting and trailheads along the route and can be done in sections or all at once.

The Passport/Guide provides a wealth of information from orientation with an OSI map, highlighting local history, cultural landmarks and amenities along the route. These are broken down into distinct sections from 1km to 15km, through Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, Meath, Kildare, Fingal, ending in Dublin City Centre. You can track your progress on the Passport with 27 stage stamps. A completion certificate to mark your achievement is awarded at the end of the Trail at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin. The Passport also entitles you to discounts in a number of Museums along the route.

The National Famine Way App is now available where you can also learn all about the fascinating local history along the route. You can listen to Daniel Tighe telling his story from “Black ’47” which reimagines each of the spaces and locations he passed through as they were in May 1847.

The National Famine Way is an integrated inter County collaboration between Waterways Ireland and county councils along the route: Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, Meath, Kildare, Fingal and Dublin. It has been 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, and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.

For more information go to www.nationalfamineway.ie / or call 353 (0)71 963 3013.

National Famine Way Shoe Stories Film