The French Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Jean-Pierre Thebault, will lead this year’s Famine 1848 Walk in Ballingarry which takes place this weekend on Saturday, 30 July at 3pm from the 1848 and National Flag Monument in the village of The Commons to the Famine Warhouse at Farranrory, the scene of the 1848 Rising.
The Famine Warhouse is a national heritage site, museum and visitor attraction under the Office of Public Works. The Walk covers a mile and a half of gently ascending ground.
The annual Walk remembers the millions who suffered and died during the Famine (1845-1850) and the Famine Rising of 1848 when the Young Irelanders under William Smith O’Brien, M.P., attempted to stage a bloodless revolution in Ballingarry.
The French Ambassador will lead the Walk and his visit will mark the many links between Ireland and France in 1848 and 1916, in this centenary year of the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.
At the end of the Walk, after the Ambassador’s speech, refreshments will be served from the Tea Room in the courtyard. All are welcome whether walking or visiting the house museum. There is an open invitation to all schools in the area to walk behind their Tricolour flags on the day.
There will be free guided tours of the Famine Warhouse on the following day, Sunday, 31 July. The Walk takes place, rain or shine (so bring a sun hat and an umbrella). It is an occasion when the people of Ballingarry extend a warm welcome to all visitors.