President Mary McAleese will attend a special famine commemoration in New York this week as part of a four-day visit to the city.
The President’s attendance at the ceremony on Sunday is one of a number of events organised to promote economic links with the US and strengthen connections with the local Irish community.
In addition to the memorial event at Battery Park City, Ms McAleese will meet with business leaders at the New York Stock Exchange and visit a Brooklyn school where students have been learning about the Great Hunger.
The President, herself a former barrister, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws at Fordham University in the Bronx and deliver the commencement address.
The visit, which begins on Thursday, will conclude on Sunday with a ceremony at Temple Shearith Israel to mark the New York Jewish community’s support for Irish people during the famine.
President McAleese will attend a famine commemoration mass celebrated by Archbishop Timothy Dolan in St Patrick’s Cathedral before the annual ceremony at the Irish Hunger Memorial.
Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs Pat Carey will also be present at the event.