Famine Memorial Day committee meets for first time after 5-year lobbying effort

A new national commemoration of those who died in the Great Famine will be guided by a committee which met for the first time today. It marks a major victory for efforts to establish an official annual event after a lobbying-effort led by Michael Blanch and the Dublin-based Committee for the Commemoration of Irish Famine Victims, which has held commemorations in the capital since 2003.

Blanch will have a key role in the new group which also includes writer Tim Pat Coogan, Minister of State John Curran, historians Dr Margaret McCurtin, Prof. Gearoid O Tuathaigh, and Dr Eamon Phoenix, Gorta’s Brian Hanratty, Trocaire’s Justin Kilcullen, retired ambassador Hugh Swift, and senior UCD lecturer Dr Majda Bne Saad. The committee will be chaired by Community Affairs Minister Eamon O’Cuiv.

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