Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is pleased to host the Annual Famine Commemoration which will be held in Newry on Saturday 26 September 2015.
The Council unveiled a programme of events leading up to the Annual Commemoration at a media launch in Newry and Mourne Museum on Saturday 25 July 2015. A programme of events has been put together to explore further the social, cultural, linguistic, economic and political legacy of the famine.
The media launch was attended by Councillor Naomi Bailie, Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Heather Humphreys, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and by Mr Dennis Mc Mahon, Permanent Secretary, to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.
Councillor Bailie said: “Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is honoured to host the Annual Famine Commemoration 2015. The remembrance of those who died or had to leave these shores is an important element in fostering an appreciation of the impact the famine has had and continues to have in modern Ireland today. The Council is delighted that Newry City has been chosen as the location for the first time that the Annual Famine Commemoration has been held north of the border. The Council has formed partnerships with cultural, community, and educational agencies and groups in order to ensure as wide an audience as possible attends the events and gains a greater understanding of the impact the Great Famine had in this region.”
The highlight of the Councils Famine Commemoration Programme will be the Annual Commemoration which will take place at the Albert Basin, Newry on Saturday 26 September 2015. The official ceremony will feature musical performances, poetry readings, and an unveiling of an historical plaque as well as contributions from local school children, community representatives, and senior government representatives. The Annual Commemoration will culminate in a wreath laying ceremony and a minute
silence in remembrance of those who were lost through death and emigration.