Points from Michael Blanch in Dublin
Great news about Marie’s book events for Tim Pat Coogan, and the Tribunal. Truth after all these years is seeing the light of day. The victims are finally been heard and their story been told and that of the emigrants forced into exile.
There were 12 books published in 2012 on the “Famine” (An Gorta Mor) That I came across there could have been more.
The public meeting in April arranged by George Trainor is great news. Wish him the best of Irish Luck from the CCIFV.
The Taoiseach gave a copy of the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine to President Obama.
Michael Flatley has his “Famine” painting hanging in the Taoiseach’s Office till the end of the year. Every day he is in his Office he is reminded of and is remembering the victims and emigrants.
The Lumper Potato has made an appearance on the market.
We have asked a restaurant in town to be part of the Dublin Famine NFMD commemoration on the 12th May and he will be supporting the cause.
We had a meeting with Minister Deenihan trying to have the second Sunday in May NFMD set in the National calendar to lift all the uncertainty each year.