National Famine Commemoration
The National Famine Commemoration Committee was first established in 2008 following a Government decision to commemorate the Great Irish Famine with an annual national famine memorial day. The Committee is chaired by Josepha Madigan T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is made up of representatives from the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Defence, representatives from the Defence Forces, Department of An Taoiseach, Irish Aid, representatives from Trócaire and Gorta, historians, the National Museum of Ireland and other interested parties.
Details of the work of the National Famine Commemoration Committee are available on the website http://www.irishfamine.ie/
National Famine Commemoration 2018
The 2018 National Famine Commemoration took place on Saturday, 12 May 2018 at University College Cork, Co. Cork. The text of the President’s address is available here.
National Famine Commemoration 2017
The 2017 National Famine Commemoration took place on Saturday, 30th September 2017 at the Famine Warhouse 1848, Ballingarry, County Tipperary.
National Famine Commemoration 2016
The 2016 National Famine Commemoration took place on Sunday, 11th September at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. The Event was led by President Michael D. Higgins who unveiled a Celtic Cross donated by the Glasnevin Trust to act as a permanent memorial to the victims of the Famine. The text of the President’s address is available here