The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring will perform the official opening of a new Famine Exhibition in Ballina tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) at 3pm in the Gallery Space of Ballina Civic Offices.
The exhibition will then be open, free of charge, to the public from Monday next until March of 2019.
It’s an initiative by Ballina Lions Club. Monies raised in donations during the exhibition will be used to assist charities addressing homelessness in the county.
The Famine Exhibition is one of a number major famine related events that Ballina is hosting, which included the special screening of the internationally acclaimed movie Black ’47, the visit today (Friday) to Ballina of the Australian Ambassador to Ireland Richard Andrews for the unveiling of a bronze statue to “The Famine Girls” and the publication of Terry Reilly’s latest book Mayo forgotten Famine Girls, while the Jackie Clarke Museum is running an Autumn Education Series on the Famine.
Paul Graham and Adrian Bourke are the joint Chairs of the Ballina Lions Club Famine Exhibition and they have been telling Midwest News about the exhibition which includes a short documentary, information boards about the famine and artefacts that were used in workhouses at the time that are now on display in Ballina.