Welcome to the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Website

The National Famine Commemoration Committee was first established in 2008 following a Government decision to commemorate the Great Irish Famine with an annual national famine memorial day. The Committee is chaired by Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is made up of representatives from the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Defence, representatives from the Defence Forces, Department of An Taoiseach, Irish Aid, representatives from Trócaire and Gorta, historians, the National Museum of Ireland and other interested parties.

The annual national commemoration revolves between the four provinces of Ireland. An international event also takes place annually to commemorate the Great Irish Famine.

Details of the work of the National Famine Commemoration Committees since 2008 in implementing a varied and diverse annual programme of events to coincide with the National Famine Commemoration are available on this website.

 

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International Famine Commemoration 2017

Minister of State O’Donovan represents the Government at the 2017 International Famine Commemoration, Ireland Park, Toronto The International Famine Commemoration for 2017 took place in… Read More


National Famine Commemoration 2017

Taoiseach and Minister Humphreys officiate at National Famine Commemoration Ceremony at the Famine Warhouse 1848 Ballingarry An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar officiated the National Famine Commemoration… Read More


International Famine Commemoration 2016

Minister Humphreys leads 2016 International Famine Commemoration in Philadelphia The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, lead the 2016… Read More


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