On Sunday March 30th the 2014 Famine Commemoration Programme of Events was launched in Strokestown. This year Strokestown was selected by the National Famine Commemoration Committee to host the National Famine Commemoration. A ten day programme of events will take place starting on May 2nd in the lead up to the National Commemoration Event on May 11th. Everyone is invited to Strokestown to enjoy and participate in the events which are free of charge.
Speaking at the launch the Mayor of County Roscommon Cllr. Martin Connaughton said 'It is a great honour and privilege for County Roscommon to be chosen to host the National Famine Commemoration in 2014'. Events include a literary festival, famine exhibitions, library displays, lectures, bus tour, talks and readings , children's workshops, schools' art exhibition, talks on genealogy, wreath laying and the famine wall unveiling. A full listing of all events is in the Famine Commemoration Programme and is available at libraries and businesses throughout the county and by contacting Roscommon County Council at 090 6637 316 and on line at www.roscommoncoco.ie.
The highlight of the week, the National Famine Commemoration takes place on Sunday May 11th at Strokestown Park at 2.30 pm. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to come along to the solemn and fitting commemoration of the Great Famine.