National Famine Commemoration – Kilrush 2013

03 May 2013 - 12 May 2013


The 2013 National Famine Commemoration will take place on Frances Street in Kilrush on Sunday, 12th May at 3:00p.m. President Michael D. Higgins has kindly accepted an invitation to lead the official representation at the commemoration ceremony.

The main commemoration will open with a ceremony in which the local community will be greatly involved and it will culminate in the formal State ceremonial event, which will include the National flag and military honours, and wreath laying ceremonies. The community element of the ceremony will include music, readings and prayers and a theatrical piece in remembrance of those who suffered and perished during the Famine; and a minute of silent reflection. All are welcome to attend this event.

A full ten-day programme of events leading up to the National Famine Commemoration will begin on Friday 3rd May, including a series of lectures, walks, tours, re-enactments, theatre, music, exhibitions and local commemoration ceremonies. These events recall the impact of the Great Famine on the people and the landscape of the Kilrush Poor Law Union.

There will be no cover charge for any of the events listed in the programme. Donation boxes for charities currently fighting famine around the world will be located at some venues.

For full details on the programme of event please visit: or find Famine Commemoration Kilrush 2013 on facebook.

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