Sunday 5th May
Mass at St. Senan’s Church, Kilrush followed by walk to Shanakyle Graveyard for prayer service, wreath laying and minutes silence and performance of “Lone Shanakyle” by Assumpta Kennedy
Time: 12 noon Venue: Market Square, Kilrush
Great Famine Walk from Kilrush to Cooraclare, by West Clare Kidney Support Group seperate Runner's event commencing same location at 3pm. Remembrance wreath - laid by the Kilrush Town Mayor. Famine commemoration medals will be presented to the first 300 finishers. The distance is approximately 8 km. Refreshments will be served at Tubridy's in Cooraclare from 3.45pm with music and dance.
Time: 2.30p.m. Venue: Old Workhouse, Cooraclare Road, Kilrush (Adult Education Centre)
Famine Commemoration Event - Clare Roots Society - this ceremony will take place after a short Liturgy of Prayer at the sitge of nameless burials of more than 2000 victims of famine and fever.
Time: 3:00p.m. Venue: Old Drumcliffe Cemetery, Ennis.
Famine Commemoration event
Time: 3:00p.m. Venue: Pier Head, Killaloe, Co. Clare
Performance of ‘We Were Never Beggars’, a one-act play written by Brian Comerford.
Time: 7:00p.m. Venue: Teach Ceoil, Kilrush
Screening of two films set in Irish workhouses. The films are not suitable for under eighteen year olds.
Time: 8:00p.m. Venue: Venue: Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
A Room in Air was filmed in the auxiliary workhouse in Ballyvaughan in 2012 and directed by Frank Golden. This short film attempts to explore, in a symbolic manner, the way in which the Famine proved to be a psychic and emotional fault line for Ireland and its people. Running time: 22 minutes.
Poorhouse was filmed in the workhouse at Bawnboy in 1995, and aired on RTE in 1996. Based on a short story by Michael Harding and directed by Frank Stapleton, Poorhouse follows the course of an old man’s relationship with a young woman, Anna Magee, who is brought to the workhouse when she is taken ill with fever. It stars Birdy Sweeney and Dearbhla Crotty. Running time: 30 minutes.