Louth to host Gorta conference about local heroes

“Making Hunger History - Local Heroes in Faraway Places” is the title of a special event taking place in Co Louth this weekend which aims to honour those in the North East who have projects underway in the developing world.

“Making Hunger History - Local Heroes in Faraway Places” is the title of a special event taking place in Co Louth this weekend which aims to honour those in the North East who have projects underway in the developing world.

Speakers at the conference will include Brendan Rogers, Director General of Irish Aid; the Medical Missionaries of Mary; DKIT; Louth County Council; Development Perspectives; and students from St.Joseph’s CBS and Drogheda Grammar School.

“The aim of this afternoon event is to bring together those in the north-east who have projects underway in the developing world, and those who support them right across the community,” said Phil Conyngham, Chairperson of the Co Louth Gorta Committee.

Phil added: “So many people have been incredibly generous in helping people in the world’s poorest communities. This is a unique opportunity for everyone to see the good work being carried out.”

Also confirmed for the event is a video address by Mary Robinson, Chair of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. The former President will reflect not only on An Gorta Mor of the 1840’s but also on famine, drought and food shortages in developing countries today.

As a former Patron of Gorta, she will also acknowledge the support of the Irish people in addressing hunger in the world today, through supporting organisations such as Gorta.

Immediately prior to the event, the Mayor, Kevin Callan will officially launch a programme of special events (including the conference) which lead up to Drogheda hosting the National Famine Commemoration on Sunday, May 13, which An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will attend.

Speaking about the conference, Gorta CEO, Brian Hanratty said: “This event reflects the wonderful work being done by people and organisations across this country. In times of economic uncertainty, our people are still donating so much to important causes and it is a privilege to be able to recognise this work.

“It is especially inspiring to have our former President, Mary Robinson give an address to praise the work being done by our own ‘local heroes’ in some of the world’s poorest countries, and we hope some of them can join us.”

Organised by Gorta, the free event is taking place at the Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda on Saturday, April 28 from 2pm. All are welcome to attend. There is no charge or entry requirement.