20/07/11 President McAleese to officiate at the 2011 National Famine Commemoration

Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee today, Wednesday 20 July 2011, announced that President McAleese has accepted an invitation to lead the official representation at this year’s National Famine Commemoration.

The National Famine Commemoration ceremony will take place on Saturday, 10th September 2011 in Clones County Monaghan. The commemoration will comprise a programme in which the local communities in County Monaghan will be prominently involved followed by the formal State ceremonial event, which will include military honours and wreath laying ceremonies.

Minister Deenihan commented: ‘President McAleese’s involvement in this commemorative event shows the deep respect and honour that the Irish nation has for the victims of the great famine. This year’s event promises to be a great success and a fitting tribute to those that perished many years ago but who will not be forgotten. As Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, I would like to thank President McAleese for her participation in this year’s event.’

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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