22/04/13: Minister Deenihan praises local community on plans to commemorate the Great Famine

Today Monday 22nd April, 2013  Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee praised the community in Kilrush, Co. Clare for developing such a comprehensive programme of events to commemorate the Great Famine and to support the National Famine Commemoration event in Kilrush on 12th May 2013.

A programme of local events is taking place in Kilrush between 3rd May and 12th May to commemorate the Great Irish Famine in the lead up to the National Famine Commemoration taking place in Kilrush on 12th May 2013.  Highlights include the West Clare Kidney Support group’s 8k ‘Great Famine Walk’ on Sunday, 5th May, theatrical performances, interesting lectures and guided walks throughout the week.  A number of exhibitions, poetry, music and song will also be taking place.  There will be no charge for any of the events and donation boxes for charities currently fighting Famine around the world will be located at some venues.

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 Kilrush throughout the week leading up to the 12th May and to receive a copy of the programme, please contact Kilrush Town Council at (065) 9051047 and www.faminecommemoration2013.ie.

The National Famine Commemoration event will take place in Kilrush town centre on 12th May 2013, at 3p.m.  President Michael D. Higgins will lead the official representation.



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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