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Newry set to play host to annual Great Famine tribute

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 11/04/2015

The annual famine commemoration will take place in Northern Ireland for the first time, it has been announced.

Newry in Co Down will host the event, which has been rotated between the four provinces since its inception eight years ago after what was described as a strong representation.

Heather Humphreys, the Republic's Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, said: "The annual famine commemoration is a solemn tribute to those who suffered in the most appalling circumstances that prevailed during the Great Famine.

"While the scale of suffering was greater in some parts of Ireland than in others, all parts of the island suffered great loss of life and the destruction of families and communities through emigration."

Ms Humphreys added: "I look forward to engaging with the local community in Newry, as they bring their unique perspective to remembering one of the most important events in our shared history, and as an Ulster woman, I look forward to participating in the event in Newry in September."

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