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London Irish Famine Memorial Event May 10th

Thursday, May 7, 2015

GMB Call For Support For The Vigil On Sunday 10th May 2015 In London In Memory Of All The Irish In London Who Fled The Famine

The details for the event are as follows:

Assemble at 4pm on Sunday 10th May,

outside Trades Union Congress (TUC),

Congress House,

Great Russell Street,

London, WC1B 3LS.

A flyer from Committee for the Commemoration of the Irish Famine Victims (CCIFV), says “As 10th May is a memorial day in Ireland for the forced famine that resulted in genocide 170 years ago there will be a vigil outside the TUC in London.

The location of this event is very important as it was part of the first recorded "Little Ireland” in London of which many Irish people lived in appalling squalor.

It is time to remember the period between 1845 and 1852 of which at least one million people died, an entire Gaelic speaking population was practically wiped out and millions more forced to leave Ireland against their will.

For this reason, we should remove the work "Famine" and replace it with "Genocide".

Irish immigration throughout the nineteenth century of which included victims of the famine was prevalent in this part of London known as the Parish of St. Giles. It included Great Russell Street. Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and so on.

Also, we cannot forget that Irish immigrants played a prominent role in the British Trade Union movement and were instrumental in the Industrial Revolution through their hard labour.

Guest speakers include John McDonnell (MP and former Chair of the Labour Party Irish Society) and Anne Rossiter from the London Irish Feminist network. More speakers will be announced in due course.”


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