National Famine Commemoration

  • This year's National Famine Commemoration will take place in Sligo City on Sunday 19th May.

    Minister Josepha Madigan says this is the 3rd time that the State Commemoration takes place in Connacht.

    She says the ceremony will provide an opportunity for people in Sligo to honour the memory of those who died during the Famine, or sought escape from its port for a new life, and will feature the National flag and military honours as well as a solemn wreath-laying ceremony.

    The population of Co Sligo fell by one-third between 1841 and 1851 - with those who did not die emigrating from the area.

    Schools around the country will be invited to hold a minute of silent reflection on Friday 17th May in memory of those who died or suffered loss during the Famine, while sporting organisations will be invited to observe a minute's silence at events taking polace on 19th May - the day of the commemoration.

    This is the 12th consecutive year of the National Famine Commemoration.

  • The annual National Famine Commemoration is taking place in Sligo this afternoon.

    It's the third state commemoration of the event to be held in Connacht, and will be attended by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan.

    It gets under way at 2.15pm beside Sligo Port.

    Minister Madigan says it's an important event to remember the one million Irish people who died in the 1840s.