National Famine Commemoration Day

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National Famine Commemoration Day in Ireland in 2023
Image: The Famine Memorial Dublin Ireland. by Ron Cogswell , from Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

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Dates of National Famine Commemoration Day
2024 Ireland Sunday, May 19thNational Famine Commemoration Day
2023 Ireland Sunday, May 21stNational Famine Commemoration Day
2022 Ireland Sunday, May 15thNational Famine Commemoration Day
2021 Ireland Sunday, May 16thNational Famine Commemoration Day
2020 Ireland Sunday, May 17thNational Famine Commemoration Day
Summary
Find out the dates, history and traditions of National Famine Commemoration Day in Ireland.

The National Famine Commemoration Day (Irish: Lá Cuimhneacháin Náisiúnta an Ghorta Mhóir) is an annual observance in Ireland commemorating the Great Famine.

A week-long programme of events leads up to the day, usually the third Sunday in May.

The National Famine Commemoration Committee was first established in 2008 following a Government decision to commemorate the Great Irish Famine with an annual national famine memorial day. 

The annual national commemoration revolves between the four provinces of Ireland. An international event also takes place annually to commemorate the Great Irish Famine.

The Irish famine was the worst to occur in Europe in the 19th century. The Great Famine lasted from 1845 to about 1850, with "Black '47" the worst year. During the Great Hunger, about 1 million people died and more than a million fled the country, causing the country's population to fall by 20–25%

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