Ireland’s National Famine Memorial Day


The Committee for the Commemoration of Irish Famine Victims.

Dublin taxi driver Michael Blanch first held a commemoration in central Dublin in 2003 when only he and his wife Betty attended.

Later the courageous couple gathered enough support to set up The Committee for the Commemoration of Irish Famine Victims.

The Committee has since held an annual procession from the capital’s Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square to the Famine sculptures on the banks of the River Liffey.

It was the petition and other pioneering activities organised by these two members of the class known as the "common people of Ireland" which eventually persuaded their government to establish the National Famine Memorial Day.

The candle that Michael and Betty lit in 2003 has begun to shine all over Ireland and wherever Irish people have set down roots.




Irish Famine victims to be commemorated

A report from the Irish Times, Tuesday July 22, 2008.




GORTA – The Freedom from Hunger Council of Ireland
The Great Famine – or An Gorta Mór – was Ireland’s greatest humanitarian disaster. In remembering it, we also remember that in the world today, over 850 million people go hungry.

The government of Ireland, recognising the important link between awareness of ‘The Great Hunger’ and the work of Ireland’s NGOs among some of the most deprived people on earth, has apponted Brian Hanratty, the CEO of ‘Gorta’, to the National Famine Memorial Committee.

Note: ‘Gorta’ is the Irish word for ‘hunger’ in its most extreme and terrible form.




National Famine Memorial Day set for May 17th.

A report from the Irish Times, Friday, January 9, 2009.




Skibbereen to host National Famine Memorial Day

A report from the Southern Star, Sunday February 8th, 2009.

Skibbereen Heritage Centre

This is the principal source of information about the main event on Sunday 17 May and about the full supporting programme that will begin on Sunday 10 May.




Ceremony of Remembrance and Reflection, Saint Patrick's Day, 2009.


Seremoni Goffa a Myfyrdod, Dydd Gŵyl Padrig Sant, 17 Mawrth 2009.


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