10/05/12 – Minister Deenihan praises local community on community events to commemorate the Great Famine

Today (Thursday 10/05/12), Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee praised the community in Drogheda, Co. Louth for developing such a comprehensive programme of events to commemorate the Great Famine and to support the National Famine Commemoration event in Drogheda this Sunday  – 13th May 2012.

The programme of local events in Drogheda between 28th April and 13th May includes recreating a soup kitchen, a number of famine walks, exhibitions, lectures, poetry, music and song.

Speaking today Minister Deenihan said “I would like to thank the organising committee and council officials who are working so hard to make the National Famine Commemoration a success.  The programme of events is a huge tribute to those lives lost during the Great Famine and shows the deep respect held by Irish people for the suffering endured during this difficult time in our history.  It also shows our commitment to highlighting issues of world hunger and famine in other parts of the world today”.

For more information on local events in Drogheda throughout the week leading up to the 13th May and to receive a copy of the programme, contact Drogheda Borough Council at 041 9876132 or click here to download the brochure.

The National Famine Commemoration event will take place at North Quay, Drogheda on Sunday 13th May 2012, at 2.30p.m.  An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. will lead the official representation.

“I want to encourage people of all ages, young and old to participate in the very broad selection of events which are taking place in Drogheda, over these days.  It might be to look at the Art Competition with a visit to the Library, or to attend the Soup Kitchen which is set up in the grounds of Drogheda Borough Council Yard this afternoon, or attend the lecture on ‘the Legacy of Fr Patrick Dowd and the Irish Famine Orphans’. Any and all of these events will contribute to our understanding of the desperate situations our ancestors found themselves to be, as they struggled to stay alive in the late 1840’s” added Minister Deenihan.

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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