Newry Museum 2015 Famine Commemoration events

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
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The Annual Famine Commemoration 2015 will take place on Saturday, 26th September, in Newry. famine6This is the eighth year in which the Great Famine has been marked with a formal Commemoration and the first time that the Commemoration will take place in the north of Ireland. In recognition of the fact that the Great Famine affected all parts of the island, the location of the annual Commemoration has rotated in sequence between the four provinces since the first Commemoration took place in Dublin in 2008 and falls to Ulster in 2015. As part of the events organised by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to commemorate the Great Famine, Newry and Mourne Museum would like to invite you to take part in the following activities. From 21st – 25th September there will be five day history course titled ‘Understanding the Impact of the Great Famine in Ulster’ facilitated by Dr Gerard MacAtasney. The course aims to address the misconception that Ulster was immune to one of the greatest human disasters of the nineteenth century. This will run between 1pm – 3pm. Dr. Fionntán DeBrun will give a talk on 22nd September at 7.30pm on ‘The Great Famine and the Irish language’. The Great Famine is generally regarded as having dramatically precipitated the decline of the Irish language. This talk will consider this linguistic landscape as part of an examination of how Irish speakers reacted to the crisis as it unfolded. There will be a short course from 29th September – 1st October that will examine ‘Irish Migration: The Famine and After’. Dr Grainne McEvoy will present an overview of Irish migration, looking at the generation of migrants who left Ireland during the Famine within the context of the much longer history of emigration from the Island, and the legacy of the Irish Diaspora. This will run between 3pm – 5pm. Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Cllr. Naomi Bailie stated, “The talks organised by Newry and Mourne Museum offer an opportunity to those who never studied this period in Irish history a chance to learn more about the events that have shaped our history, the effects of which can still be felt today.” All activities are free of charge, but pre-booking of places is advisable. If you wish to book or you require more information please telephone 028 3031 3178 or email These events form part of an extensive programme of activities organised by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council for the 2015 Annual Famine Commemoration taking place on 26th September in Newry. For more information on all events download a copy of the brochure at The 2015 Annual Famine Commemoration will take place on Saturday, 26th September, Albert basin, Newry. Gates will be open to the public from 12.30.
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