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National Great Hunger events sidelined because of Queen's visit, Monaghan SF councillor claims!

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20 May 2011 Comments Off on National Great Hunger events sidelined because of Queen's visit, Monaghan SF councillor claims!

A co-ordinated national programme of events to commemorate the Great Hunger of the 1840s had been deliberately sidelined by the Government this year because its timing would have coincided with this week’s visit of the British Queen to Ireland, Sinn Féin councillor Sean Conlon claimed at Monday night’s meeting of Monaghan Town Council. Colr Conlon said a National Memorial Day had taken place in May each year since 2008 to commemorate An Gorta Mor, but the fact that no such event had been planned this year was in his ...