Plans have been announced for the annual famine commemoration, which pays tribute to those who suffered through death and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1849.

For the first time since the event was established in 2008 the commemoration is to be held in Northern Ireland.

The main ceremony will take place at the Albert Basin in Newry in Co Down at the end of September.

The programme includes a series of lectures and musical events at the Ulster American Folk Park near Omagh, and other venues including Warrenpoint Harbour in Co Down, where thousands of emigrants left for Canada in mid 1840s.

The event was launched in Newry by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys.

The famine commemoration is also supported by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure at the Stormont Assembly.