Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Monday, September25th 2017
2017 National Famine Commemoration to take place at Famine
Warhouse 1848, Ballingarry on Saturday 30th September – Minister
The 2017 National Famine Commemoration will take place at 3pm on Saturday next, 30th
September 2017 at the Famine Warhouse 1848 in Ballingarry, County Tipperary.
The Warhouse has been recognised as a National Monument and has a unique place in Irish
history especially the dark years of An Gorta Mór.
The Commemoration will be hosted by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Heather Humphreys T.D. in her role as Chairperson of the National Famine Commemoration
Committee. The Guest of Honour will be An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. who will also lay a
wreath on behalf of the Irish People.
The formal State ceremonial event and wreath laying ceremony will be preceded by a
community programme culminating in an address by An Taoiseach.
The community programme will feature performances by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Michael
Coady the Cecilian Choir from the Ursuline School, Thurlesand Banna Cluain Meala. It will also
feature members of the local community including Dr. Thomas Mc Grath, Carmel O Brien and
Aiden Mullally and Abaigeal Maher from the Presentation Secondary School Ballingarry. A
series of local events including a Schools Art programme will also take place during the coming
This event is open to the public. Shuttle Buses will be available from Ballingarry Village (from
12 pm to 1.30pm) and the Commons (12.30 pm to 1.30pm) to transport those wishing to
attend to the historic site, returning following the conclusion of the event at approximately
Speaking today, Minister Humphreys said:
“I am very much looking forward to this year’s National Famine Commemoration. The Famine
Warhouse 1848 is a unique venue for the Commemoration, and the local community and our
colleagues in Tipperary County Council have prepared a powerful artistic programme to honour
the memory of An GortaMór and its victims”.