24/07/2013 – Minister announces site selection process for 2014 National Famine Commemoration

Today (24/07/13), Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee welcomed the initiation of the selection process for next year’s National Famine Commemoration, which is due to take place in Connacht in 2014.

Speaking today, Minister Deenihan said “I am delighted to announce that the selection process for the National Famine Commemoration 2014is well underway. Next year’s commemoration is due to take place in Connacht. As Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, I have already written to the County and City Councils in Connacht, inviting them to submit their proposals to host the National Famine Commemoration 2014.”

The National Famine Commemoration is an annual event which revolves between the four provinces of Ireland.

Minister Deenihan continued: “Following the success of the previous year’s commemorations, including this year’s commemoration in Kilrush, I am looking forward to next year’s event in Connacht.  We know that the Connacht region suffered great losses during the famine and I’m sure that the communities in Connacht will want to remember these victims in an appropriate manner.”

In previous years the national commemoration has been held in Skibbereen, Co.Cork, Murrisk, Co. Mayo, Clones, Co. Monaghan and Drogheda, Co. Louth. This year’s commemoration took place in Kilrush, Co. Clare.

The 2013 International Famine Commemoration will take place on August 25th in Sydney Australia.


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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