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Schools asked to commemorate victims of the Famine on 9th May

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 01/05/2014. Schools asked to commemorate victims of the Famine on 9th MayTags: Education And Politics Teachers

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, who is also Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Commitee, has written to all schools requesting them to observe a minute of silent reflection in their schools at midday on Friday 09th May 2014 in memory of all those who suffered loss during the Great Famine. The text of the letter from the Minister is displayed below.

Dear Principal

In May 2008, the Government decided to inaugurate an annual National Famine Commemoration Day in memory of all those who died and emigrated during the Great Famine. This year's National Famine Commemoration will take place in Strokestown, County Roscommon, on Sunday, 11 th May, in the presence of An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny T.D.

There is no other event in our history that can be likened to the Great Famine either for its immediate impact or its legacy. That legacy includes a strong appreciation among Irish people of issues such as food security and a strong commitment to humanitarian aid and relief.

I invite and urge you to arrange for all staff and pupils at your school to observe a minute of silent reflection on Friday, 09th May, 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 minute of silence should take place ideally at midday, but can take place at whatever time suits individual schools on the day. I would ask also during this minute of silence that your staff and pupils also remember those who are suffering famine and hunger today, particularly the children and young people living in parts of the world currently afflicted by chronic hunger, poverty and disease.

It will be a very special and dignified tribute to those who died during the Great Famine and I would like to thank you most sincerely for your support in this regard.

If you would like to discuss the matteer further, please feel free to contact Trish Carroll on (01) 6313832 or by email at


Source: DOE Website

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