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President Higgins Unveils Famine Cross

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Famine Cross to be unveiled as permanent memorial to Famine victimsPresident Michael D. Higgins officiated at the National Famine Commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. He was accompanied by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD.  Following the ceremony, President Higgins unveiled a Famine Cross as a memorial to those who perished during the years of An Gorta Mór. The mid-19th century hand-sculpted Celtic cross, which has been donated by Glasnevin Trust, will be permanently located outside the Mortuary Chapel.  The formal State ceremony included military honours and a wreath laying ceremony by Ambassadors to Ireland in remembrance of all those who suffered or perished during the Famine, as well as music from local choirs and  St. James’s Brass and Reed Band, Ireland’s oldest band.President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins inspects the Captain's Guard Honour, 7 Infantry, 2 Brigade.

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