16/05/12 – Minister McGinley remembers Donegal’s Famine Victims
On Sunday 13th May 2012, National Famine Commemoration Day, An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, TD officiated at a poignant and moving ceremony in Drogheda, Co. Louth to commemorate all those who suffered death, loss and separation during the Great Famine.
Speaking at Sunday’s National Famine Commemoration on the quay in Drogheda, Co. Louth, where so many people stood over 160 years ago as they tried desperately to escape the horror of famine, Dinny McGinley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said:
“It is clear from today’s event that the suffering of all those who died or who were forced to emigrate during the Great Famine will never be forgotten. Over one million people died and approximately one million people emigrated during this tragic time in our history”.
He continued, “The people of Donegal were no different to the rest of Ireland’s population at that time and suffered greatly, many of them travelled to this very port in Drogheda in order to make the onward journey to other shores in search of new lives. We can only imagine how they felt leaving their country, family, language and culture for shores afar. I am thinking today of all those who took that journey and want to honour them for their bravery and resilience”.
He added “The Great Famine clearly has had an enormous impact on our country and indeed impacted enormously on society in Donegal.
We must ensure that these people did not suffer in vain and that we do everything we can to promote awareness of hunger, poverty and famine in today’s world”.
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