Posted by: irishhungercomm | March 21, 2010

Famine Workhouses as National Monuments

By: Michael Blanch… March 16, 2010

Regarding the Workhouses.   I have spoken to two Councillors in two different areas who are willing to put Motions forward to the Councils – Dermot Lacey of the Labour Party, put the Motion forward to Dublin City Council for a National Famine Memorial Day which was the start of the road leading to the National Famine Memorial Day.

Dermot is willing to put forward and pass on to all Labour Councillors throughout Ireland for all workhouses to be made National monuments and buildings of historical and heritage importance.    It was Dermot’s suggestion to have a standard and uniform plaque that can be put on all the 163 workhouses North and South of the Border.   I will have to get contacts for meetings with Councillors in the six Counties regarding this.    I hope to have the relevant Government Departments North and South to work in co-operation on this idea.   The Plaque in time could also be put on mass graves home and abroad.

An idea that I have is to have an open competition for the best designed plaque for all the people on the Island of Ireland and the Irish people abroad to take part in the competition.   If you have any other ideas to help progress this please let me know.

We will be drafting up a Motion to give to Dermot to pass to all the Councils.  If you would like to have an input, don’t hesitate to send on your proposed Motion.

We will keep you informed when there are any developments on this.

We have spoken to Churches around Dublin for the ringing of Church bells on the 16th May 2010 to lift the silence of the Famine and bring awareness of hunger in the World today.   We have had positive results so far.   We sent letters to Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral and are awaiting their reply.

Pete St. John is doing a concert in the National Concert Hall Dublin on Saturday 20th March 2010 and myself, Betty and Olivia are going, he was on the Pat Kenny Show (Radio) on Friday and it sounds to be a good night.

Is mise le meas.

Michael Blanch

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