The ‘Commemorative Walk of Tears’ famine walk will take place in Donegal Town tomorrow morning (Friday, May 31) at 9.30 am.
This important annual event was started by the school community of Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maistrí. This year, they will be joined by selected representative pupils and staff from Saint Francis NS, Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala, Glebe NS, Saint Eunan’s NS Laghey, Scoil an Linbh Íosa Cill na mBard and the Abbey Vocational School.
Gary White Deer, a member of the Choctaw nation, will also be in attendance.
Everyone is warmly invited to join them as they assemble at The Diamond to remember in prayer, music and oration the people who perished during the famine and are buried in the sole local mass grave of souls who perished in the local work house.
Each year to date, in the company of a representative of the Embassy of the United States of America, the participants remember the generosity of the Choctaw nation of Oklahoma who in 1847 gathered 170 dollars from their meagre resources and sent it across the ocean to the famine stricken island of Ireland. This year the local community who participate will celebrate the generosity of the Choctaw nation by collecting donations of 1 euro each in aid of Unicef.