The remains of over seventy famine victims have been re-interred in a specially built vault in Manorhamilton.
Victims of the Great Irish Famine were honoured at a special ceremony in Manorhamilton County Leitrim today five years after their remains were disturbed during building works at the new HSE (Health Service Executive) North West offices.
The remains of over seventy men, women and children who died in Manorhamilton workhouse during 1845 - 1849 now rest in a specially commissioned vault.
The concerns of local people who knew the location of the workhouse burial ground ultimately were not listened to says Rose MacPadden of the Manorhamilton Famine Graveyard Committee,
This never should have happened at all.
A Famine Pot at the memorial remembers the suffering of the people who died here. An interdenominational ceremony marked their re-internment, Monsignor Michael Cooke says their memory is now properly honoured,
Without intending to we have disturbed and disrespected this holy site...today we come to make up for that.
It brought closure to the HSE for this controversial incident. The local community also feel that the people who died and were buried here can now rest in peace. Rose MacPadden and head of the HSE Professor Brendan Drumm laid a floral tribute at the site.
It was very emotional because so many little children are buried up here as well.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 April 2006. The reporter is Eileen Magnier.