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Kaveney Family Famine Trail Commemoration Walk
On the 4th of April 2015, Rose Marie Stanley
along with her husband Terry, led a Famine
Trail Commemoration Walk from the townland
of Cross near Keash in County Sligo to Sligo
Port. Rose Marie is a 5th generation descen-
dent of Patrick and Sarah Kaveney, who with
their six children, did this same walk on the 4th
April 1847, when as famine victims they left
Ireland in the hope of a better life in Canada.
They were joined on their twenty one mile
journey by Theresa Finnegan, Clare O'Connell
and Teresa Eakins of Co. Sligo Heritage and
Genealogy Centre, members of the Mullagh-
more and Cliffoney Historical Society, and
descendants of different branches of the
Kaveney family, who undertook the walk in
memory of Patrick, Sarah, their six children,
and all those who sailed with them to Canada
on the ill-fated `Carricks' in April 1847.
Famine Trail Commemoration at Sligo Port
Patrick and Sarah Kaveney were tenants of
Lord Palmerston and became the first group
of his `Assisted Emigrants' to leave Sligo in 1847
for Quebec. They left Sligo port along with
twenty eight other families from the area on
the 5th of April 1847. Just over three weeks
after leaving Sligo, these emigrants entered
the Gulf of St. Lawrence and were in sight of
the Canadian coast when the ship was
caught in a snowstorm and crashed into the
notorious Cap des Rosiers. Only forty-eight pas-
sengers survived.
Patrick and Sarah, along with their son Martin,
were among the survivors; but tragically their
five daughters were drowned. The heartbro-
ken couple set up home in Jersey Cove and
had four more children with the family
surname becoming known as Kavanagh in
The walk in their memory started at the old
Kaveney homestead in Cross on Easter Satur-
day and proceeded through Ballymote, Col-
looney, Ballisodare, and then on to Sligo Port
where a short ceremony of remembrance
took place at the Quays, from where the Car-
ricks would have set sail on its final journey.
During the short ceremony, Rose Marie laid five
daffodils in the water to remember the five
Kaveney daughters who were lost. Afterwards
the walkers were received by the Mayor of
Sligo, Cllr Tom MacSharry, at a reception at
City Hall.