15/05/12

Minister Deenihan congratulates the local community of Drogheda on the success of the National Famine Commemoration 2012

Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht today, Tuesday 15 May 2012, praised the huge community effort which went into the preparations for this year’s National Famine Commemoration in Drogheda, Co. Louth.  He commented: “I was honoured to be present in Drogheda as Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee to participate in this years’ National Famine Commemoration. The fact that the Commemoration was attended by so many people shows the deep respect still held by Irish people for those that suffered during this time.”

Minister Deenihan added: “Drogheda during the Famine years was the second largest port of departure for over two million people who were forced to emigrate. The ceremony this year saw the highest number of representatives from our Diplomatic Corps in attendance.  Their attendance at this ceremony is a tribute to the role of this Irish Diaspora in the wider world today.”
Minister Deenihan continued: “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the people of Drogheda, the participants in this years’ ceremony and to everyone whose commitment has ensured that the tragic events of An Gorta Mór were respectfully remembered. I understand that the local programme of Famine related events held over the past two weeks have been extremely successful and thought provoking and I congratulate everyone involved. I would also like to pay tribute to the local famine organising committee, to Drogheda Borough Council and Drogheda Port Authority for their involvement in this years’ event.”

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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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