#OTD – “An Gorta Mór” Commemoration Day

This year’s Commemoration is in Ballingarry, Co Tipperary. The event involved the local community, was held in the An Gorta Mór Warhouse 1848, the OPW national heritage site in Ballingarry.

The Ballingarry 1848 Historical Society has held the annual An Gorta Mór 1848 Walk for the last decade, which shows the commitment of the local community to remember An Gorta Mór and its victims.

During the Great Hunger, the Warhouse was the scene of the 1848 Rebellion. The house exhibits the history of the Great Hunger and mass emigration, the rebellion, high treason trials and penal exile of the Young Ireland leaders in Australia and their escapes to the U.S.A.

Here rebels under the leadership of the Protestant aristocrat, William Smith O’Brien, M.P., besieged 47 police who had barricaded themselves into the Widow McCormack’s farmhouse taking five children hostage. The exhibition places the Great Hunger Rebellion in the context of 1848 as Europe’s Year of Revolutions in France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Hungary.

#TheGreatHunger #AnGortaMor #NoFamine

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