FAMINE WALK 1988-2018

Satur­day, May 19th, Louis­burgh, 1.30pm

The Irish Times - - Friday Life - DEIRDRE FALVEY

Join the 30th an­niver­sary Famine Walk from Del­phi Lodge, Doolough, to Louis­burgh in Co Mayo. Afri first or­gan­ised the walk in 1988 to com­mem­o­rate the Great Hunger of 1845-50. The walk re­traces a jour­ney of hor­ror in March 1849, when two poor-law com­mis­sion­ers were in­structed to appear at Del­phi Lodge (10 miles away) at 7am the fol­low­ing morn­ing. They walked the hilly road in win­try con­di­tions, and at Del­phi Lodge were re­fused food or ad­mis­sion to the work­house, and be­gan their weary re­turn jour­ney. Many died. Afri draws on the lo­cal his­tory and that of all those fac­ing the same grotesque and avoid­able cru­el­ties to­day, from the “war on terror” to di­rect pro­vi­sion. Walk lead­ers are Richard Moore and Fatin al Tamimi. Lisa Lambe joins the walk and pro­vides the mu­sic. Reg­is­ter on eventbrite.ie or from 12.45pm in Louis­burgh Town hall.

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