New tomb for famine victims in Leitrim

Saturday 29 April 2006 23.08
Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim - Wreath laid at new tomb
Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim - Wreath laid at new tomb

The remains of over 70 famine victims have been re-interred in a specially built vault in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.

The remains were controversially disturbed during the construction of the new HSE north-west headquarters five years ago.

Angry local people say they had warned the health board at the time that there was a famine burial ground in the area.

The CEO of the HSE, Professor Brendan Drumm, laid a wreath at the new tomb at an inter-denominational ceremony to mark the re-interrment.

Chairperson of the Manorhamilton Famine Graveyard Committee Rose McPadden said she had mixed emotions about the event.

She said the incident should never have happened but she hoped now that lessons could be learned.

She said remains of famine victims would be respected in other places and left to rest in peace.