Minute’s silence for the Great Famine
Pól Ó Muirí
There will be a minute’s silence in schools in the Republic at mid-day tomorrow to remember all those who died and suffered during the Great Famine. Minister for the Gaeltacht, Pat Carey, says: “I am delighted that schools are supporting this year’s National Famine Memorial Day 2010 and I would like to thank all of them for this support. The Famine had a huge impact on Irish society and was one of the greatest tragedies in our country’s history. Although famine in our own country may seem unlikely today, for others around the world it is a reality. We must, as a nation, use our experience and empathy to raise awareness of their plight”.
The 2010 National Famine Commemoration will be held on Sunday, 16th May in Murrisk, Co Mayo with an international event taking place in New York the following week.