Date/Time Saturday 20th June 2015 from 10am
Event: Tracton Famine Walk
Location: Tracton to Kinsale, Co. Cork
Additional Information: "An entry in the records of the workhouse in Kinsale, County Cork, made on June 22nd in 1850 shows that four sibling orphans, Mary, Kate, John and Norah(aged 2) Neil(Neill) were all admitted to the workhouse on that day. After being registered, washed, deloused and inspected, John was sent to the boys' quarters and the three girls, Norah in her 'big' sister's arms, were directed to the girls' quarters. During their time in the workhouse this strict segregation continued. Wives and husbands were separated, children were separated from their parents, brothers from sisters. That was the official policy. We do not know if any of the Neil children survived the diseases rampant in the workhouse. The two older girls may have been shipped out to Australia as part of the solution by the Board of Guardians to deal with the large number of orphaned teen aged children left bereft in workhouses during Ireland's Great Famine (1847- 1850. The orphans were of a party of 124 men, women and children, old and young, who left their homes in the Tracton area in South Cork on that day in June 1850 to walk the 8 miles to the Kinsale Workhouse.
In their memory the people of Tracton hold an annual Famine Walk on a date near June 22nd and the same roads are travelled on foot and every walker represents a named Workhouse/Famine victim. So on Saturday, June 20th, 2015, the Neil orphans will be well remembered by those who walk in their names- and if you wish to be part of this annual remembrance do arrive at the Tracton Arts and Community Centre in Minane Bridge at 10 am onwards on Saturday June 20th. Funds raised are donated to the local Community Centre and to the Kinsale Community Hospital. For more information see the web pages of; Tracton Famine Walk; or, Tracton Family History, or, Tracton Arts and Community Centre, or call the Tracton Centre- 086 0711910"