National Famine Walk

National Famine Way

National Famine Way Shoe Stories Film

At the height of the Great Irish Famine in May of 1847, twelve year old Daniel Tighe was forced to walk 165km with 1,490 assisted emigrants from the Strokestown Park Estate in County Roscommon along the Royal Canal to Custom House Quay in Dublin. Their sorrowful journey is marked by over thirty pairs of bronze shoe sculptures on the National Famine Way walking trail from Strokestown Park to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin.  Renowned author Marita Conlon-McKenna tells the story of his journey in the National Famine Way Shoe Stories film.

National Famine Way Passport/Guide

The newly launched 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.

Take the Trail

“The National Famine Way with our Passport Guide which is multifaceted and has a number of functions.  The Passport and App (available soon) are deeply rich resources layered with historical and demographic information gathered from historians, county archivists, Heritage Officers, local historians, local folklore and county Tourism Officers’ said Caroilin Callery of the Irish Heritage Trust and the National Famine Museum,” said Caroilin Callery Board Member of the Irish Heritage Trust and National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park.

“Walking in the footsteps of our missing Strokestown 1,490”

Famine shoes sculpture

The National Famine Way is topped and tailed by two iconic museums – The National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park (Roscommon) and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum / Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship (Dublin), adding depth and integrity to this evocative trail. Approximately thirty pairs of bronze 19th-century children’s shoe sculptures set on plinths are interspersed along the route.


“A thought-provoking trail”


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.



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