Posted by: irishhungercomm | August 31, 2011

National Famine Commemoration in Clones

Many were feeling frustrated when a date for the Commemoration had not been set several months into the year. Well, it looks like the people of Clones will do us proud both with the quantity of events and the quality of their content. But most of all they are making an outstanding tribute to the Victims of the Irish Hunger. In other circumstances these events could have taken at least a whole year to prepare and look what they have done in such a short time.

We should all put our hands together and clap so loud that they can hear us in Clones. A huge Thank You from your friends in the USA.

From: Marcella Leonard,
Clones Community Forum
A chara,

I am helping organise the community events leading up to the National Famine Commemoration. I have been following you website and thought I would let you know what is happening locally. I am attaching the programme of events, PDF and a Word Version. We are launching this tomorrow night, Monday the 29th.
You can follow any local updates on or
I will also attach local newspaper pieces, these were written by one of our volunteers therefore feel free to copy. Also attached a photo of the Famine graveyard.

If ye would like any more information let me know.

Marcella Leonard,
Clones Community Forum.

With only a number of days left until the official launch of the National Famine Commemoration in Clones  town, there was a great deal of enthusiasm and anticipation to be seen at Monday (22nd Aug.) night’s public meeting in the Cassandra Hand Centre. With most of the organisation and preparation well under way, there is little left to be done but to enjoy the events that will take place throughout the Clones Poor Law Union over the next two weeks. These events are to take place in areas such as Roslea, Killeevan, Scotshouse, Aghadrumsee, Newtownbutler and Clones town itself. This two week long programme is packed with various talks and events which illustrates the historical aspects of Famine in Ireland, through the use of History, Song, Drama and Music and will highlight the harsh realities of Famine prevalent in many parts of the world today.
The official launch of the National Famine Commemoration events will take place on Monday night next (29th August) in the Canal Stores in Clones. This event will start at 7.30pm sharp and we would like to urge the public to be on time as we will be sticking to a tight schedule on the night. There will be two guest speakers present on the night; they are Dr Gerard Mac Atasney, who is one of the leading experts in Ulster in relation to the Famine and Brian Mac Domhnall, who is currently president of the Clogher Historical Society. Dr Mac Atasney will give a talk entitled “The Famine in Ulster: Revising the Revisionists” while Brian Mac Domhnall will be speaking about “Famine in Clones Poor Law Union”. Both talks promise to provide a wonderful insight into what life was like during the famine period and they will also provide a glimpse of just how devastating the Famine was for communities in west Monaghan and east Fermanagh. This is definitely an event not to be missed.



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