Famine Trail Walk – Veterans Walking for Veterans Update

Today in McKee Barracks, ONE National President Michael Kinahan presented a beautiful slate plaque acknowledging those taking on this 170Km fundraising walk. The plaque was made by A7 Tactical owned and managed by a Defence Forces Veteran who wanted to show his support for this fundraiser that is aimed at helping homeless veterans, and other veterans who need support. The veterans are pictured with Coy Sgt Tommy Sheahan of McKee Bks Coy, who is also hoping to support the veterans in their walk.

We now have eight Defence Forces Veterans willing to walk the 170Km and more are joining soon.

So far we have Jimmy Fullam, Peter Malone, Peter Downes, Ken Cleary, John Rabbitte, Hugh O’Neill who have been training over the last few months. James Kearns and Anthony Feeney are supporting them with transport and logistics. We also have US Veteran Lt Col Bryan Bean Retd of 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR / Airborne) offering support and hopefully participating in the walk too.

The 170 Km walk will be from Strokestown, Co Roscommon to Custom House Quay, in Dublin City Docklands from Monday 13th May to Sunday 19th May.

They aim to raise funds for other veterans who have become homeless and/or are in need of assistance, which ONE provides.

You can donate and support them here: https://oneconnect.enthuse.com/pf/famine-trail-walk

In 1847, 227 families were evicted from their homes on Strokestown Estate in Co Roscommon. This led to 1,490 men, women and children who were, for purely financial reasons, forced to walk the 170 Km from Roscommon to Dublin. It was here that they were put aboard ships, sent to Liverpool and then forced to board coffin ships bound for Canada. Over two-thirds died on the journey. More info on the Famine Trail website: https://nationalfamineway.ie/

ONE’s primary objective is to support the needs of Irish veterans by the provision of accommodation to homeless and other veterans in need of such domestic accommodation in its Veterans Homes and the provision of other advice and support to veterans, in particular Mental Health advice, through its nationwide network of Branches and Veterans Support Centres. Visit ONE-Veterans.Org for more info.

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