Ceremony to remember victims of the Famine
By Sarah Stack
Monday May 10 2010
Up to 5,000 people are expected to honour the victims of the Great Famine at a formal state ceremony next week.
The official national commemoration, in Murrisk, Co Mayo, will mark the potato Famine of 1845-49 with the laying of wreaths in front of the bronze sculpture of a coffin ship which sits at the foot of Croagh Patrick.
Dignitaries will also attend the service this coming Sunday, which will feature music, readings, a tree-planting and a candle-lighting ceremony.
Frank McCarrick, of Murrisk Development Association, said that in the Famine years several coffin ships left for the US from nearby Westport.
A week-long series of events is also running to remember the effects of the Famine on Ireland through art, archaeology, history, song and music.
Community Minister Pat Carey said the week promised to be a fitting tribute.
– Sarah Stack