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Ballyshannon Famine Walk for National Heritage Week

Choctaw Indian Waylon Gary White Deer, an Afri organiser.

Choctaw Indian Waylon Gary White Deer, an Afri organiser.

ACTION from Ireland (Afri) is hosting the first Ballyshannon Famine Walk, in conjunction with the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group, this Sunday, 30 August as part of National Heritage Week.

Beginning at 2.15 pm, the walk will proceed from the Famine Workhouse in Ballyshannon to the Famine graveyard behind St Annes Church, where a lecture by well known historian Anthony Begley will highlight the afternoon’s activities.

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“The walk is to honour the memory of Ireland’s Famine dead, and in remembering, to help heal,” said Cloughaneely-based Choctaw Indian Waylon Gary White Deer, an Afri organiser.

Maire Nic Fhearraigh, another organiser, added: “In 1847, the Choctaw donated monies from ‘meagre resources’ to feed Irish Famine victims.
“We will also be walking to show solidarity with those who still hunger in a world of plenty, and we are very pleased to be working with the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group, who are hosting this important event.”

There are no fees for the walk or the lecture, and the public is cordially invited to participate.

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