Posted by: irishhungercomm | September 27, 2012

International commemoration of Great Famine will take place in Sydney

Published on Monday 3 September 2012 13:05

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, Jimmy Deenihan TD, has announced that the 2013 International Commemoration of the Great Irish Famine will take place in Sydney on Sunday August 25, 2013.

Speaking about the event Minister Deenihan said: “I look forward to working with the community in Sydney and, in particular, with Sydney’s Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee to ensure that those who perished, suffered and emigrated during this tragic time in our nation’s history are honoured in a very special way.

“We remember especially all of those who left Ireland during the Great Famine for Australia; particularly the 4,412 young Irish women and girls who travelled from the workhouses of Ireland between 1848 and 1850 under the Earl Grey Scheme in search of hope and a new beginning. We honour their great achievements and their extraordinary contribution to their adopted homeland and we recognise the bond that will always exist between the Irish people and the people of Sydney.

There have been four international commemorations of the Great Irish Famine to date. These overseas events coincide with the annual National Famine Commemoration, which rotates around the four provinces of Ireland. Previous overseas events have taken place in Canada (2009), New York (2010), Liverpool (2011) and Boston (2012).

The date and location of the 2013 National Famine Commemoration, which will take place in the province of Munster, will be announced later this year.



  1. I would hope that in Sydney, unlike in Boston, Sir Paul Edmund Strzelecki is honoured for his humanitarian work in Ireland. I know Strzelecki was not an Irishman, he was a foreigner with a strange and unpronouncable name, but that shouldn’t matter if a true history of the Great Famine is being aspired to. The scale of Strzelecki’s accomplishment, the fact that he worked gratis for nearly two years and that he nearly lost his own life after contracting typhoid but resolutely continued on after he recovered deserves acknowledgement . It should be noted too, that Strzelecki had a significant involvement in the immigration of Irish orphans to New South Wales, giving these orphans a wonderful opportunity to better themselves and prosper.


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