29 May 2006

A silent tribute Victims of Great Famine remembered

Irish Independent

See also Irish Holocaust

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usA MINUTE'S silence was observed at 2pm yesterday to remember the one million victims of the Great Famine.

Click to view photo from National Library of Ireland: a starving Irish family from Carraroe, County Galway, during the Famine.

The tribute took place as the Committee For The Commemoration Of Irish Famine Victims led a solemn procession from Dublin's Garden of Remembrance to the Famine Memorial on Custom House Quay.

Members of the committee, dressed in peasant clothing, laid a wreath at the Memorial and tossed red roses into the River Liffey.

Steve Humphrey's picture shows committee members Michelle (left), and Betty Blanch from Tallaght at the memorial.

On the other side of the Atlantic, a collection of virtual maps based on an original series which predates the Great Famine period (1845 - 1850), will be launched at the Genealogy Conference in Boston on August 30.

Grainne Cunningham

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