Skibbereen to be focal point of Famine Memorial Day

Skibbereen in Co Cork is to be the focal point of Ireland's first National Famine Memorial Day this May.

The town has been selected as it was one of the worst affected by the famine, with a mass grave at Abbeystrewery containing the remains of between 8,000 and 10,000 people.

The National Famine Commemoration Committee has agreed that the centrepiece of the new memorial day should revolve between the four provinces on an annual basis.

Mayo will be the focal point of the 2010 commemoration.

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