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165km National Famine Way launched - 'The trail has the potential to open up rural Ireland'

Walkers and cyclists can stamp a special passport as they follow the route of the "Missing 1,490" from Strokestown to Dublin, writes Pól Ó Conghaile

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Walkers on Ireland's new National Famine Way

Walkers on Ireland's new National Famine Way

A screenshot of the new National Famine Way OSI Trail Map

A screenshot of the new National Famine Way OSI Trail Map

One of the markers, featuring bronze shoes, along the route

One of the markers, featuring bronze shoes, along the route

The new National Famine Way passport

The new National Famine Way passport

Laura Cullinan pictured with her daughters, Alexia and Isobel with John O’Driscoll, General Manager, Strokestown Park and National Famine Museum. Photo: Brian Farrell

Laura Cullinan pictured with her daughters, Alexia and Isobel with John O’Driscoll, General Manager, Strokestown Park and National Famine Museum. Photo: Brian Farrell

A National Famine Way 'Passenger Ticket'

A National Famine Way 'Passenger Ticket'

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Walkers on Ireland's new National Famine Way

A new National Famine Way has been launched, following the footsteps of 1,490 emigrants who walked from Strokestown, Co Roscommon, to Dublin at the height of the famine in 1847.

The 165km trail, which mostly follows off-road paths along the Royal Canal, will be open year-round to walkers and cyclists, and is detailed in a new, downloadable OSI Trail Map.

As part of the initiative, a 14-page passport and guide is available to buy for €10, with 27 stage stamps that can be collected along the trail.


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