Mary Robinson Visits Grosse Île Famine Site

20 years since President Mary Robinson visited Grosse Île where up to 15,000 famine victims are believed to have died. 
The trip to Grosse Île was part of her official tour of Quebec, Canada.

Many of the descendants of the thousands of Irish who perished here turned out to greet President Robinson.

President Robinson visited the Celtic Cross at the highest point of the island, where she laid a wreath to the Irish famine victims, who had braved the Atlantic for a new life.

Grosse Isle is the biggest Irish famine grave site in the world. 

Addressing the crowd President Robinson drew parallels between the mass deaths at Grosse Isle and the current mass deaths in Africa. 

RTÉ News report by Teresa Mannion broadcast on 22 August, 1994.

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