80th anniversary of Cork Harbour Tragedy to be commemorated this weekend
Oglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann (or the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel) has announced that it will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Cork Harbour Tragedy this weekend.
Events will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th, at Deepwater Quay, Cobh.
The tragic incident, which occurred in 1942, saw two launch boats collide with the propellers of the Irish Poplar, resulting in the deaths of five sailors.
The Cork Harbour Tragedy memorial weekend will commence at 10:00am on the 9th of December. It will see the L.E. WB Yeats Offshore Patrol Vessel depart Deepwater Quay in Cobh, with the families of the deceased victims onboard.
They will travel to the Dognose Buoy – the location where the tragedy occurred. Members from the Port of Cork, the Irish Naval Service, the Ballycoton Lifeboat, and local Fishermen, will follow the ship on its journey. It will then return to Cobh where the families will disembark.
On the 10th of December, St Colman’s Cathedral Cobh will host a memorial Mass at 10:00am, celebrating the lives of the sailors. The choir from Bunscoil Rinn an Cabhaligh will sing at the Mass which will include a Hymn written by the Deputy Principal Alan Carney dedicated to the deceased men.
Following the ceremony, the Group will parade to the Monument on East Beach Cobh for wreath-laying. In addition to this, The National Flag will be flown at half-mast where wreaths will be laid.
Speaking ahead of the 80th anniversary of the Cork Harbour Tragedy, CEO of ONE Cormac Kirwan said:
“ONE is proud to be hosting part of the remembrance ceremonies in memory of the tragic deaths of John Higgins, Patrick Wilshaw, Frank Powell, William Duggan and Frank Lloyd, who lost their lives on active service in Ireland during the Second World War or The Emergency as it was known. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam uasal.”