First Derry Famine Walk to take place today

Derry’s first ever Famine Walk will take place today from 3pm, when walkers will meet at Guildhall Square and walk across the Peace Bridge to the old Workhouse at Glendermott Road.

The walk, according to organiser Maire Nic Fhearraigh is intended to “heal, to commemorate, and to stand in solidarity with those who still hunger in a world of plenty”.

Walkers are asked to assemble at 3pm at the Guildhall.

First opened in 1840, Derry’s workhouse didn’t close its doors until 1948 and the famine walk has been billed as ‘The Longest Walk’ - a reference to the 13 steps to the workhouse master’s quarters that starving families once had to climb to ask for admittance.

Among those taking part today will be former Derry artist Waylon Gary White Deer who will represent the Choctaw donation to Famine Ireland.

All are welcome.