Offaly
commemoration of famine victims

FAMINE Victims ‘Memorial Day’ will be held in Offaly on Sunday May 22.

FAMINE Victims ‘Memorial Day’ will be held in Offaly on Sunday May 22.

The Great Famine (An Gorta Mór) 1845 – 1849 was the biggest tragedy to befall the people on the island of Ireland. Deaths from starvation and disease as well as emigration saw the population drop from 9 million to less than 5 million people over this period.

To commemorate this very sad event in our history the County Offaly Commemoration of Irish Famine Victims will be holding a Memorial Day on Sunday May 22. C

eremonies commence with Mass in Kilcormac Church at 11.30am followed by ceremonies at the Green Cadamstown at 12.30pm, in Ralehin Cemetery Mountbolus at 1.40pm and in Ballyboy at 3.15pm (Famine Walk, Ralehin to Ballyboy starts at 1.50pm). All are welcome to take part in these ceremonies.

The County Offaly Commemoration of Irish Famine Victims would be hoping that every community in Offaly as well as the rest of Ireland would be holding their own ceremony (lay a wreath, light a candle, hold a minutes silence at work or at sporting events, or say a prayer), to commemorate all the Victims of An Gorta Mór.