Seafarers medals presented at annual mass in Wexford
THE ANNUAL Seafarers and Civic Mass took place at Bride Street Church last week, with 'service medals' presented to seafarers past and present.
The Mass was held to remember all those from Wexford and anywhere else in the world who have lost their lives at sea.
The medal idea was the brainchild of the Friends' late secretary Michael Murphy who thought it was unfair that seafarers who served on ships during the Great War were not recognised in their own homeland.
Following the Mass, a wreath-laying ceremony took place after a short parade from the church to the seamen's plaque at Crescent Quay. Members of the local RNLI also laid a wreath at sea, in Wexford Harbour.
Medal recipients were Kathleen Buggy, Yvonne Buggy, Yvonne Barry and Sebastian Barry, who received the Seafarer's Medal on behalf of Dick Keeling; Ann Marie Devlin, received it for her father, Thomas Byrne; Ciaran Roche, Aidan Roche and Tom O'Keefe, who received their own medals. Tom O'Keefe also accepted a medal on behalf of Myles Doyle.
Tribute was paid at the Mass to Sea Scout skipper Joe Thomas, and Scout chief Stevie Martin who both passed away recently.