“When financial interests are prioritised over people’s basic needs, for many emigration becomes the only option”.
Saturday 10th March, 2pm on the Prom, opposite the Celia Griffin Memorial Park, Galway
Galway historian and author Willie Henry will lead a guided Famine Walk through the City, shedding light on some of the key features of local famine history. The event is being organised by the Galway One World Centre to make connections between Ireland’s history and the contemporary experiences of those forced to leave their homes, at the rate of 1000 per week, because of today’s financial crisis. Walkers are invited to meet on the Prom at 2pm opposite the Celia Griffin Memorial Park, a park named in honour of a young girl who died during Galway’s Great Famine of the 1840s. The park stands as a memorial to those who died during the times of hunger and those who left Ireland because of it. The walk will conclude at the Galway City Museum at 4pm with a brief talk on emigration, past and present. In the event of very wet weather, Mr. Henry will present a longer talk at the museum at accompanied by slides starting at 4pm
This event is free of charge. Donations are welcome.
For more information on this event and on debt justice, please contact Vicky Donnelly, Development Education Worker, Galway One World Centre on 091 530590 / 0872645344.