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Bridge of Tears Guided Walk
October 6, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bus from Ionad Naomh Fionnan, Falcarragh
A short bus journey from Falcarragh starts this 7.5km guided walk to the Bridge of Tears – a local landmark which represents so much of the sorrow and loss of emigration. In the 19th and early 20th century, local families would walk as far as this bridge with their loved ones who were emigrating. Most were leaving Donegal to escape famine and terrible poverty to seek a better in life in America or Canada.
In those days the chances of parents ever seeing their young again were almost non-existent. The journey from Donegal was too long, arduous and expensive. Added to that, there was the knowledge that many of those who took the journey never made it. They could be lost to sickness and disease on the ships transporting them in terrible conditions. So the parting here was final and there would have been many tears shed, hence the name ‘The Bridge of Tears’.
This guided walk is in their memory and to raise funds for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, so tickets are €10 each. The KBRT aims to alleviate financial hardship for families repatriating the bodies of loved ones who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances.
Walkers will meet at Ionad Naomh Fionnan from 11am. Registration at 11.30am and bus leaves shortly after to take walkers to the start of the route, and will return them to Ionad Naomh Fionnan afterwards. Book tickets here.
(Bridge of Tears Image courtesy of www.dunfanaghy.info)