1. Address of Welcome: John Sweeney, Chairman, Wales Famine Forum.
2. Reading in Irish and English : Na Fataí Bána (‘The White Potatoes’:
Conor O'Riordan, Consul General of Ireland in Wales.
3. A reading of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5, 1 – 12) as follows:
a) In Irish: Richard Lewis, Cardiff University Welsh Language Teaching Centre, representing Comhluadar Caerdydd The Cardiff Irish group who arranged a public meeting in November, 1994, which led to the formation of the Wales Famine Forum.
b) In Welsh: The Rev. Matthew Hill, Curate at St. Michael's (Church in Wales) Church, Cathays, Cardiff, representing the Right Reverend Dr. Barry Morgan, Bishop of Llandaff.
c) In English: Reverend Canon Patrick Daly, Parish Priest, All Hallows RC Church, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, representing His Grace J.A. Ward, RC Archbishop of Cardiff.
4. Famine: Then and Now - a Meditation :
Dr.Harri Pritchard -Jones
5. One minute's silence.
6. Ecumenical service conducted by clergy representing the various churches in Wales.
7. Wreath-laying ceremony: Mary Newman of the Wales Famine Forum, and Paul Burns of the Newtown Association.
8. Closing Ceremony. 9. Hymn: Hail Glorious St. Patrick.
Master of Ceremonies : Chris Daly, who normally performs this function every Sunday in St. David's RC Cathedral, Charles Street, Cardiff.
The ceremony was followed by a ‘wake’ at St. Peter’s Rugby Club, 118 Newport Road, Cardiff with suitable refreshments and with entertainment memorably provided by Dave Burns and Frank Hennessy of 'The Hennessys' Welsh/Irish folk group. Almost all of the 60 people present had a taste of 'Patrick's Pot'!
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