A 165km way marked walking/cycling trail commemorating a heartbreaking walk of forced emigration in 1847 at the height of the Irish famine.  It begins at the memorial glass wall at National Famine Museum | Strokestown Park in Roscommon and continues through six counties to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin’s Docklands.  It follows the route of the scenic Royal Canal, along the Royal Canal Greenway through Westmeath via Mullingar. The route is marked by more than 30 pairs of bronze children’s shoes.
The comprehensive official pack includes a passport and a ship ticket for one of the original famine families. A free app follows the experience of 12-year-old Daniel Tighe, with relevant audio and video centred around the bronze shoes. On completion official walkers discover the fate of their famine family and receive a certificate of completion and a comprehensive end of trail booklet.
Mainly off road, following the Royal Canal towpath. Suits families, casual walkers and cyclists.

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Address: Royal Canal Greenway, Westmeath
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National Famine Way