Ceremony to honour famine victims to take place in Canada today

A ceremony is due to be held in Canada today for a group famine victims from Sligo found on a beach in Quebec.

The remains of 21 people were among those who had been on board the ‘Carricks’ ship which departed Sligo Port in 1847, and which sank during its journey.

Representatives from the Irish Embassy will attend today’s formal ceremony.

Local historian and member of the Sligo Famine Committee Joe McGowan, says it’s a fitting tribute to those who were forced to leave our shores many years ago.

Mr McGowan says we should be extremely grateful to the Canadian people for the way in which they have treated our ancestors with dignity and respect.