A walk to support Irish emigrants returning home will finish in Strokestown this coming Sunday.
The Long Road Home or Ag Siúl le Chéile is being organised by Safe Home Ireland, an organisation which provides information and guidance to Irish emigrants who want to return to their native home. Once they arrive back to Ireland the Safe Home Ireland continues to provide support services.
The walk will take place along the National Famine Way and will begin this Friday at 10:30am at the Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin. The official launch is happening on Thursday at the EPIC museum with singer Sean Keane and Caroline Callery of Strokestown Park House taking part.
Johnny Broderick says the famine walk is being done in reverse to symbolise the work of Safe Home Ireland. Speaking to Let's Talk Johnny encouraged walkers to partake in this special event.
''In 1847 1490 were displaced out of Strokestown, symbolically and spiritually we want people to join and bring those people home. I think its a lovely idea, we're no strangers to emigration. Safe Home Ireland is an emigration support service for the diaspora wherever they are.''