As in previous years, President Higgins participated in the National Famine Commemoration Ceremony.
The annual national commemoration revolves between the four provinces of Ireland and has been held at historic sites such as Glasnevin Cemetery and the Famine Warhouse 1848 in Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary.
This year's event took place at University College Cork, a college established during the Famine, over the 1845-1849 period. The ceremony included the launch of 'The Great Irish Famine Online.'
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Some of the President's key speeches on the Gorta Mór include:
- Speech at the opening of the “Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger” exhibition (2018)
- President dedicates a Famine Memorial sculpture (2017)
- Unveiling of 'Footsteps' (2017)
- 'The economic debate: from the Great Famine to Today' (2017)
- Remarks to representatives of the Choctaw nation (2017)
- Remarks marking UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty (2016)
- 'Recalling, Remembering and Learning from the Great Famine' (2016)
- ‘Feeding the World in 2050′ (2013)
- Remarks at Hunger-Nutrition-Climate Justice Conference (2013)
- Remarks at the Famine Museum (2013)
- 'Reflecting on the Gorta Mór' (2012)
- President launches the CCIFV Lumper Schools Project (2019)
- President unveils sculpture by John Behan (2019)
- President officially opens an Irish-Polish Exhibition on the Great Famine (2019)
- President and Sabina visit Famine Museum in Strokestown House (2018)
- President lays a wreath at the Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine (2017)
- President marks UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (2016)