08/09/11

08/09/2011 Minister Deenihan praises local events in the run up to the National Famine Commemoration 2011

Today (8/09/11), Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht praised the local community in Clones and the surrounding area for devising such a full programme of events in the run up to the National Famine Commemoration on Saturday, 10th September 2011.

He said: “This year’s commemoration will be held in Clones, Co. Monaghan and President Mary McAleese will lead the official representation at the commemoration ceremony.  However, local involvement in the run up to the event is key to the success of the national event and also provides a fitting tribute to the memory of those who suffered during the great Irish famine.  I know that the local committee has worked really hard in producing a full programme of events which illustrates the historical aspects of the famine in Ireland, through history, drama, song and music and also highlights the realities of famine prevalent today in many parts of the world.  I would urge all members of the community and surrounding areas to support these events which run until 10th September”.

The Minister continued: “The willingness of the local community to take part in these local events shows that we will continue to honour the memory of the victims of the famine and that we will continue to support as best we can those suffering the effects of famine in Somalia and throughout East Africa”.

ENDS

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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