President Mary Robinson visits Grosse Île in Quebec where up to 15,000 famine victims are believed to have died.

President Mary Robinson who is on an official tour of Quebec, Canada was greeted by many descents of the thousands of Irish who perished here.

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 Île 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.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 August 1994. The reporter is Teresa Mannion.