This year’s Great Irish Famine Commemoration will be held in Kilrush, Co Clare on 12th May. President Michael D Higgins will speak at the ceremony which will include music, readings, poetry and prayers and a theatrical piece in remembrance of those who suffered and died during the Famine. The Kilrush area was severely affected during the Great Irish Famine. It is good to see ‘The Famine’ remembered annually around the country with such an occasion. In August, Sydney will mark the commemoration of this historic event which brought so many Irish people to Australia.