Those lost at sea remembered

ANNE MARIE O'CONNOR

HUNDREDS OF people who lost family or friends at sea turned out in Kilmore Quay on Sunday to pay their respects at the 11th annual commemoration and wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance.

The day commenced with a prayer service in St. Peter's Church and blessings on the day were given by Fr. Jim Cogley PP Oylgate, a former curate in Kilmore, and Rev Maria Jansson.

' There was a big turn out there. Everyone who was there was someone who had lost or knew someone who had been lost at sea,' said chairman of the organising committee John Power.

A lone piper led a procession from the church to the Garden of Remembrance where Mary Birch gave a speech.

Mary, who travelled from the UK, was 9 years old when her father Bartholomew Desmond was drowned off the SS 'Ardmore' when it went down three miles south of the Saltees in 1940.

She then laid a wreath with Sam Williams from Dun Laoghaire, who lost seven of his friends when the lightship tender 'Isolda' was sunck south of the Saltees in 1940.

After the ceremony there was a fly over by the Rescue 117 SAR helicopter. Earlier that day the coastguard helicopter had been involved in the dramatic rescue of four divers who were winched to safety off Kilmore Quay.

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