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Thousands attend north's first Famine commemoration ceremony

School pupils with wreaths at the annual National Famine Commemoration ceremony in Newry. Picture by Paul Faith
DEPUTY first minister Martin McGuinness and the Republic's minister for arts, heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys were among those taking part in the north's first National Famine Commemoration ceremony at the weekend. The annual event has been running since 2008 to commemorate those lost to the Great Famine and emigration across Ireland in the mid-19th century. It was held at the Albert Basin in Newry on Saturday, when a minute's silence was held and wreaths were laid in memory of those lost, with more than a million lives lost in the Famine alone. A special plaq[...]
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