Heather Humphreys, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has announced that New Brunswick, Canada is the location for the 2015 International Famine Commemoration, to be held in October.
Minister Humphreys commented that “As Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, I am very much looking forward to working with the Irish diaspora communities in New Brunswick to stage a fitting commemoration in October. During the years of the Famine Ireland’s demographic and cultural landscape was transformed forever. Many fled on ships bound for Canada in search of new lives and those who survived the journey contributed to the establishment of our large diaspora there. They showed immense courage, strength and endurance during that time and their descendants have established solid foundations in their adopted home while never forgetting the circumstances which brought them there. We here at home and those in the diaspora in New Brunswick remain allied by our shared understanding and empathy for our ancestors and I am sure the commemoration in October will be a suitable tribute to those who suffered and perished during the Great Irish Famine and also those who currently experience famine in the world today.”
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