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Crowe attends An Gorta Mór commemorative event in Dublin

15 May, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD Séan Crowe has commended the organisers of the An Gorta Mór Commemorative Famine Walk that was held in Dublin today saying “it is important that this tragic event is remembered.”

Deputy Crowe, who took part in the march that started from the bottom of O'Connell Street to the Famine Memorial on the Quays said:

“An Gorta Mór (the Great Hunger) as it is more commonly referred to today, ranks among the worst tragedies in all of our collective human history.

“Between 1845 and 1850, approximately 1.5 million Irish men, women and children died of starvation or related diseases. By 1855, more than two million more fled Ireland to avoid a similar fate. This decimation of our population makes Ireland’s Great Hunger the worst chapter in the country’s history.

“We are still living with the legacy of this terrible tragedy and today’s event is a fitting tribute to those who died or were forced to emigrate. It is also a reminder that in many parts of the developing world millions of people are still dying from famine and drought.

“This event takes place two days before the English queen’s visit to Ireland and because of the paranoia and hype surrounding this visit the original starting point for the march, the Garden of Remembrance had to be changed.

Deputy Crowe concluded

"It is right and fitting that we recall that An Gorta Mór happened as a direct result of British misrule in Ireland and it is shameful that this commemorative march was forced to change its route because the head of the English royal family is visiting our Capital City.

"Today’s event is also happening at a time when increasingly more and more Irish people are being forced to emigrate and start a new life far from their families, their loved ones and their homeland."

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