President to officiate at National Famine Commemoration in Milford

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins will be in Donegal next week to officiate at the National Famine Commemoration

The National Famine Memorial Day, in memory of those who suffered during the Great Famine, will take place by the site of the old Milford Workhouse and graveyard, on Sunday May 21.

The President will officiate at this ceremony.



The programme will open with a ceremony and it will culminate in the formal State ceremonial event, which will include the National flag and military honours, and wreath laying ceremonies.

This is the third time the State Commemoration has taken place in Ulster. The public ceremony, which will be broadcast on the RTÉ News Now channel, will provide an opportunity for the people of Donegal to honour the suffering and loss of the Great Famine and to remember those who fled to create new lives abroad. It will feature National flag and military honours before culminating in a solemn wreath-laying ceremony.

Schools around the country will be invited to hold a minute of silent reflection on Friday 19th May in memory of those who perished during the Great Famine, while sporting organisations will be invited to observe a minute of silent reflection at sporting and public events taking place on the weekend of the Commemoration.



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