Tipperary to host 2017 National Famine Commemoration in Ballingarry






Ballingarry Famine Warhouse

Picture taken at this years Ballingarry Famine 1848 walk in July which was led by Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly

The National Famine Commemoration will take place at the Famine Warhouse 1848 on the 30th of September in memory of those who perished or suffered during the Great Irish Famine.
A number of events will take place over the coming week as part of the programme in the lead up to this state event.
On Saturday next 23 September the Heritage Office with Tipperary Studies will host an afternoon of talks on the Famine at the Source theatre in Thurles. Speakers will include Dr. Martin Mansergh on Commemoration and the effects of Famine on Irish History, Dr Ciaran O'Reilly, Maynooth University, who will speak on Eviction in Tipperary during the Famine Years, and Dr Thomas McGrath of Ballingarry who will talk on Young Ireland and the Insurrection at the Famine Warhouse in 1848. The first talk will begin at 2.15, this is a free event and all are welcome.
On Tuesday 26 September Margaret Hogan will give a talk on ‘Food during the Famine’, at The Old Schoolhouse in The Commons. Margaret is a retired post primary school teacher with an MA who has published and lectures on women in Irish history and the Great Famine, the Poor Law Union and Female Orphan Emigration during the Famine. Margaret has already done a day of workshops on these topics with the Presentation Secondary School in Ballingarry in advance of the National Famine Commemoration in conjunction with the Education Office of the County Museum. The talk at the schoolhouse is a free event and all are welcome.
On Wednesday 27 September Carrick on Suir will host ‘An Gorta Mor- The Great Hunger of the 1840’s’ from 7.00pm. Local Librarian Maura Barrett charts the impact of the Great Famine on the region, the industrial heritage of the Famine works, the decline in population, the resulting skirmishes and insurrections and the impact on modern day Carrick on Suir. This is a free event but booking is essential.
On Thursday 28 September the local primary schools project will be launched at the Community Hall in Ballingarry. Local artist Katy Goodhue has produced a series of 5 pieces of art reflecting the Famine in the local area. Based on her research over the summer for these pieces she has also gone to the 6 local schools and worked with the children to create an artistic response to the Famine in the area. These works will be on display in the community hall and at the Famine Warhouse 1848 for the Commemoration itself. A short film by local filmmaker David Quin was also commissioned as part of the Creative Ireland programme by the Arts Office and Heritage Office, again as an artistic response to Famine in the local area. This will also be screened on Thursday evening. This event begins at 7pm.
Saturday is the day of the commemoration itself and full details will be released next week.
Buses will take people from the parish fields in Ballingarry and The Commons beginning at 12.30pm and ending at 2pm. There will be no car access to the Famine Warhouse. All are invited and most welcome but must come in good time.