Posted by: irishhungercomm | April 20, 2011

Great Hunger Commemoration – Information Needed

Information on the Great Hunger Commemorations over the last couple of years has boosted interest in the USA to the point where many are seeking to make a trip to Ireland to take part in this year’s event. This is typical of questions being asked by many in the USA.

Response to blog article:
Could you tell me if there is to be a Famine Commemoration Day this year, 2011; and if so, when and where it will be held?  My wife and I would like to attend.

Thank you for help in this matter.

Sincerely,
Tom McCormick

Response:

Regarding Tom McCormick’s Email.  We will forward this on to the Taoiseach and the Minister of the relevant Department and the General Secretary of the Department.

We have also emailed The Taoiseach, Tanaiste, Minister for Education, Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Community Equality and Gaelteact (these are the relevant Departments that sit on the National Famine Commemoration Committee)  seeking the date, time and location.  We also reminded them that the two MLA Ministers had a meeting and discussions with the former Minister Mr. Pat Carey, months ago.  Also Newry Council lobbied one year ago approximately for the National Famine Memorial Day to held in Newry.     We await reply.

Tom is one of 1,000’s who would be willing to travel to Ireland for the Commemoration if it was handled properly and correctly – Ministers are on the radio looking for the Tourists to come to the Country.   Here is an event ready to go which could generate a boost in tourism in Ireland.    The 1901 and 1911 Census has proven there is a grá for millions of Irish people overseas looking for their roots.

Regards.

Michael Blanch

Michael Blanch letter to the Taoiseach:

Dear Taoiseach,

Below is an email received today from Mr. McCormick from overseas who is willing to travel with his wife to Ireland for the National Famine Victims and Emigrants Memorial Day Commemoration.  This is one of many emails the CCIFV receives on a daily basis regarding the date, time and location of the Ceremony.  People want to travel to Ireland for the ceremony and are being hindered and held back from making plans as the date is yet to be announced.   Ireland cannot afford to turn its back on this potential revenue in these hard times.

Is mise le meas.

Michael Blanch

Could you tell me if there is to be a Famine Commemoration Day this year, 2011; and if so, when and where it will be held?  My wife and I would like to attend.

Thank you for help in this matter.

Sincerely,
Tom McCormick


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