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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Concert included a special composition

At the Heroes of the Helen Blake Wexford Sinfonia Concert at the County Buildings on Saturday evening were Otlaith , Stephanie and Mary Deegan
At the Heroes of the Helen Blake Wexford Sinfonia Concert at the County Buildings on Saturday evening were Otlaith , Stephanie and Mary Deegan

Wexford and Rosslare also staged events to mark the centenary of the Helen Blake tragedy.

Relatives of the captain of the Mexico boat, which ran aground at the Keeragh Islands of Fethard, travelled from Norway to attend events to mark the tragedy's centenary, including a concert performed by Wexford Sinfonia at Wexford County Hall on Saturday night.

The concert featured a specially commissioned piece 'Heroes of the Helen Blake' by composer Liam Bates. It had its world debut at Wexford County Hall and featured a reading from well-known author Eoin Colfer, who gave an account of the tragedy written by his father, Dr Billy Colfer.

The moving concert commemorated the Wexford heroes of one of the greatest sea rescue operations ever undertaken off the Irish coast.

Family members of Captain Eriksen attended a wreath laying ceremony at a monument commemorating the event at The Burrow in Rosslare on Sunday, which was attended by Rosslare lifeboat man Fergus Wickham, a great nephew of Coxswain James Wickham, hero of the Rosslare lifeboat which rescued men from the Keeragh Islands and local RNLI crew members.

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