Wexford seafarers honoured
Wexford paid respects to its seafarers at an annual civic Mass in Bride Street Church which was attended by the Minister with responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe and the Deputy Mayor, George Lawlor.
Minister Kehoe presented the Wexford Seafarers Service Medal to this year's worthy recipients at the event organised by the Wexford Friends of the Tall Ships.
Hugh Crosbie was presented with a medal on behalf of his grandfather James Crosbie who was lost on the Cymric. Kathleen Lett received a medal on behalf of her husband John Lett; Karen Moore on behalf of her father Hugh Moore; Mary Robinson on behalf of her grandfather Moses Brennan while John Power collected his own service medal.
The name of the sixth recipient is always a surprise and this year, the medal went to Captain Peter Ferguson.
The Mass is held each year to honour Wexford sailors, both deceased and alive, based anywhere in the world. It is a poignant day for the families of seafarers who have died, but also a joyful occasion as their loved ones are recognised and remembered.
The Male Voice Choir performed at the Mass which was also attended by Cllr. Michael Sheehan. Paul Reck of the Irish Coastguard and a number of scout leaders.
'This was a very special occasion and I would like to thank Anne Murphy and the team for their hard work', said Minister Kehoe.
Longstanding chairman of the Wexford Friends of the Tall Ships and former Mayor of Wexford, Padge Reck has stood down from the position after 23 years and has handed the helm over to John Michael Murphy who has big shoes to fill.
Wexford Friends of the Tall Ships are currently researching other sailors from the county and attempting to locate their relatives, going as far back as 1801 to research the Trafalgar and the Wexford sailors who sailed with Nelson or in other ships at the time. The list of medal recipients for next year has already been filled with one recipient expected to travel all the way from Florida.