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.

 

Latest News

Minister Humphreys announces date of National Famine Commemoration 2016

he Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Wednesday) announced that this… Read More


International Famine Commemoration 2014

The 2014 National Famine Commemoration took place in New Orleans. Please see Press Releases below for further information… Press Releases: Minister Humphreys remembers Irish who… Read More


International Famine Commemoration 2009

  2009-05-08 FINAL speech for Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce 2009-05-08 FINAL speech for Ireland Park Toronto 2009-05-08 FINAL speech for University of Toronto Lecture… Read More


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