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 Josepha Madigan T.D., Minister for Culture, 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

National Famine Commemoration 2019

An Taoiseach and Minister Josepha Madigan TD officiate at the National Famine Commemoration Ceremony in Sligo An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. is today, Sunday 19th… Read More

International Famine Commemoration 2018

  Minister of State O’Donovan represents the Government at the 2018 International Famine Commemoration, Williamstown, Melbourne The International Famine Commemoration for 2018 takes place at… Read More

National Famine Commemoration 2018

President Higgins and Tánaiste Simon Coveney officiate at annual Famine Commemoration Ceremony at University College Cork President Michael D. Higgins is today (Saturday 12 May)… Read More

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