Martin Mansergh to lead Ballingarry Famine walk

Former Minister of State Dr Martin Mansergh will lead this year’s ‘Famine 1848’ Walk in Ballingarry, on Saturday, July 27 at 3pm.

Former Minister of State Dr Martin Mansergh will lead this year’s ‘Famine 1848’ Walk in Ballingarry, on Saturday, July 27 at 3pm.

The Walk commemorates all those who died in the Great Famine (1845-1850) and the 1848 Rising which took place in Ballingarry in the middle of the Famine as a response to it.

The Walk is an annual act of witness and remembrance. It recalls Ballingarry’s part in the most tragic and devastating event in Irish history – the Great Famine when a million people died and a million people emigrated or fled from Ireland. Ballingarry lost well over 2,000 people to death and emigration during the Famine.

The Walk will conclude with an address by Dr Mansergh followed by refreshments for all participants served from the Tea Room in the courtyard at the back of the house. Visitors will have an opportunity to explore the exhibition in the Museum and the Audio-Visual Room as well as enjoy the scenic views at 1,100 feet.

The Museum tells the story of the Rising and the fate of the leaders in the context of the Famine, mass emigration and the 1848 revolutions across Europe. The Walk is organised by the Ballingarry 1848 Committee and takes places this year as part of Ballingarry’s contribution to national events celebrating the Gathering 2013.