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Global Famine Way

2024-05-19

Global Famine Way
The National Famine Way is a 165km cross country walking and cycling trail that traces the footsteps of 1,490 Strokestown tenants, men, women and children who were marched from Roscommon to Dublin in May 1847 or ‘Black 47’, one of the worst years of suffering of the Great Irish Famine, after they failed to pay their rent. It weaves through country lanes, villages, towns and Dublin city mostly along the banks of the Royal Canal. In Dublin, they boarded a ship to Liverpool before journeying to North America on board some of the worst coffin ships of the time. Of the 1,490 who had left Strokestown over 700 died, and were buried at sea or on Grosse Île. They became known as the ‘Missing 1,490’

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