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Restore a Part of Irish Famine History

history walk

Restore a Part of Irish Famine History

4 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 4 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English
history walk

Restore a Part of Irish Famine History

history walk

Restore a Part of Irish Famine History

4 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 4 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

We'll make a short quarter mile hike to the location of an old estate wall that was built by over 200 men during the hardship of the Irish potato Famine in 1847. This estate wall was commissioned by the kindly local landlord, to provide work for his tenants as their potato crop failed. They were paid a penny and a turnip per day for building the wall before many emigrated to North America shortly thereafter from ships leaving Galway Bay as the Famine worsened. Over the course of your experience you will learn the stone building techniques required to restore this wall to its former glory. With Galway being the European Capital of Culture 2020 this experience allows guests to actively participate in saving a cultural reminder of the Famine from disappearing from the landscape, and you will also leave a lasting legacy of your participation in restoring this wall...that will stand for centuries after you return home!

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John

My father and I have been building natural stone walls without cement all our lives. These natural stone walls are synonymous with the Galway countryside as each field is enclosed by one. It is our long term aim to restore a particularly large stone wall that was built during the Great Famine in 1847. This wall, standing at almost 3 miles long and enclosing over 300 acres, represents one of the few remaining landmarks of the potato Famine that devastated Ireland, and in turn led so many Irish to seek a new life in America.

What's included

Equipment
Steel toe capped boots Thermal socks (if desired!) Thermal water proof gloves Trees nearby for shelter if it rains!

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Where you'll be

Guests start at a local farmhouse and walk a quarter mile to the site of the wall to be restored. You will be shown how to select and lay each stone. I'm confident that after a short period you'll learn the ancient Irish craft of building walls without cement! Buses leave regularly from the city to Claregalway, which is nearby. The website www.getthere.ie is best for checking out public transport. A taxi costs approx 35 euro from Galway.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

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Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 12 and up can attend. An appreciation of saving history!

More tips

Dress for rainy weather just in case! You will be under the friendly supervision of my father and I. Taxi costs approx 35 euro from Galway. Buses leave regularly from the city to Claregalway which is nearby. The website www.getthere.ie gives times of all public transport all over Ireland.
John
Restore a Part of Irish Famine History
4 reviews
From €55/person
4 reviews
From €55/person