Sunday 11th September marked the annual Famine Commemoration event across Ireland. This is an observance each year in Ireland that commemorates the Great Famine in 1845. Introduced in 2008, this and other local events are held across the country.
Castleblayney observed their remembrance yesterday 11th September which was hosted by St. Mary’s Hospital, in conjunction with Castleblayney Community Enterprise.
St. Mary’s Hospital grounds are of important significance as they were used as a Pauper’s Graveyard to bury the individuals who perished as a result of the famine.
Yesterday’s event also paid tribute to Sister Scolastica whose ideas and foresight have had a lasting impact right up to the present day. Acknowledgement of all her work and dedication was observed through the unveiling of a stone to honour her memory. Indeed it was through her insight and vision that saw the grounds be transformed in 1986, into a bright, peaceful and tranquil Garden of Remembrance allowing people to visit and remember.
Speakers, readers and musicians at yesterday’s ceremony included: Margaret McNally, Daphne Holmes Greer, Dermot Morgan, Alexis Oliver, Margaret Finnegan, Joanne Loughman, Paula Malone, Liz Christy, Aidan Campbell, Fr. Seamus Whelan, Jim Hagan, Sharon McElroy, Fr. Pat McHugh, Marese Heavin, Michael McMahon, Gerry Redmond and Siobhan Ryan.
A large crowd were in attendance at the event including many residents from St. Mary's Hospital.