Appeal for minute’s silence in Newry in memory of Famine victims

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Monday, September 21st, 2015
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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Naomi Bailie, this week called upon sporting clubs across the Council district to consider holding a minute’s silence in memory of the many hundreds of thousands of people who perished during the Great famine, or who were forced to leave these shores, never to return. famine3In a busy week of events throughout the district which explore the social, cultural, linguistic, economic and political legacy of the Famine, Councillor Bailie has asked the local sports community to reflect on the enormity of the Famine and how it devastated the lives of ordinary people: Cllr Bailie said, “This is a very important week for the District as, collectively, we take time out to reflect on how the great famine impacted upon the island and in particular this area. “The Council has therefore written to sporting organisations, throughout the Newry, Mourne and Down District inviting them to observe a minute’s silence at events taking place during the weekend commencing Friday 25th September in memory of all those who suffered loss during the Famine; loss of life, loss of family, loss of home and loss of country. “This is all the more important as we witness every day the human misery of thousands of migrants desperately seeking refuge throughout Europe today. I would ask all local clubs to show their support and to observe a minute’s silence as a special and dignified tribute to those who died during the great famine.” The Council’s Annual Famine Commemoration events programme will culminate this week with the formal memorial at Albert Basin, Newry, on Saturday 26th September staring at 1pm and a re-enactment and unveiling of a commemorative stone at Warrenpoint on Sunday 27th September commencing at 2pm. Both events are free and open to the public. For further information visit
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