Irish children in primary and secondary schools have been asked to hold a minute's silence to remember those who died in the Great Famine.

"By taking this time to remember our own history of famine we can also raise awareness of hunger issues around the world," Arts, heritage and Gaeltacht minister Jimmy Deenihan said of the initiative.

"The devastation caused by the famine in Ireland has shaped our attitude to famine experienced in the world today and Ireland remains deeply committed to providing humanitarian relief to those in need.

"Our strong commitment to providing humanitarian aid for countries currently experiencing hunger crisis shows our understanding and empathy for current situations worldwide."

The Irish Independent reports that sporting organizations across Ireland will hold a minute's silence on Sunday, when the 2013 National Famine Commemoration takes place in Kilrush, Co Clare. The commemoration will also include a formal state ceremony and community day.

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