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Mayo - Event Notice
Saturday May 30 2009
Famine Walk 2009, Mayo
Friday May 15, 2009 09:06 by Vol - Afri afri at iol dot ie
"Power concedes nothing without demand"
Come join this great social and memorial event on our annual famine walk. From Doolough to Louisburgh, Co. Mayo on Saturday 30th May 2009, beginning at 2pm
Walk Leaders: Willie and Mary Corduff (Erris), Philip Ikurusi (Niger Delta), Gary Whitedeer (Choctaw) with Donal O'Kelly and Sorcha fox performing a short extract from the writings of Frederick Douglass.
Organised by Afri, with Louisburgh Community Project
More info: http://www.afri.ie/famine-walk-2009/
About The Famine Walk
The first Doolough Famine Walk was organised by Afri in 1988. It was organised in the context of the 150th anniversary of the Great Famine, which we wanted to ensure would not slip by unnoticed, as had happened on the 100th anniversary. But not only did we want to ensure that the 150th anniversary of the Great Famine would be commemorated, but that it would be done in a way that addressed the injustices and inequalities that continue to create similar conditions for millions of people throughout the world today.
The famine walk retraces ‘a journey of horror’ which local people made through the Doolough Valley on the night and morning of 30-31 March 1849. The immediate cause of the death march was the arrival of two ‘commissioners’, who were to inspect the people and certify them as paupers, so entitling them to a ration of three pounds of meal each. For some reason the inspection was not made and the hundreds of people were told they must appear at Delphi Lodge (ten miles away) at 7am the following morning. They set out on foot along the mountain road and pathway in cold, wintry conditions, including snowfall. When they arrived at Delphi Lodge, they were refused either food or tickets of admission to the workhouse and so they began their weary return journey. It was on this journey that maybe hundreds of people died.
Afri has taken this story as a symbol to represent all those who died during the ‘Great Famine’ in Ireland. But it also represents all those who die of hunger in our world of plenty today. We walk the famine road to remember, as well, the causes of hunger and poverty in our world - political, economic and environmental - and our failure to learn the lessons of our own history.