Annual ceremony at Kilmore Quay in remembrance of lives lost at sea

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The annual Memorial Garden ceremony in remembrance of all those who lost their lives at sea took place at Kilmore Quay for the first time in two years.

This year of service also commemorated 175 years of the lifeboat station at Kilmore Quay, making the event all the more poignant and it coincided with a photographic exhibition compiled by John Power of the work of the lifeboat at the Stella Maris Center.

Kilmore Quay Community Development Association chairman Gerry Kearns said the return of the annual commemoration was important for those who had lost loved ones at sea and was also a fitting reminder of the work and importance lifeboat for this small coastal community that relies so heavily on its fishing fleet.

The service led by Fr Pat Mernagh and Sr Mary opened with a rendition of Sing to the Mountains by Kathleen Lawton, Carmel Keating and the local choir and also featured The Voyage and Ballytiegue Bay while the soulful Lonesome Boatman was played by Kevin Whitty, supported by Terry Lawton.

Mary ONeill whose brother TJ Doyle was lost at sea read the ‘We Will Remember Them’ prayer and Enda Muphy whose late mother Peggy opened the first lawn in the memorial garden in the year 2000 read the prayers of the faithful.

Longtime lifeboat member Joe Maddock shared the RNLI annals story of the 10 people rescued from the overturned ‘Gillian’ in August 2015 behind Great Saltee Island. Joe recalled that nine people were rescued after being in the water for five hours while a tenth was airlifted from the lifeboat by the Rescue 117 helicopter but unfortunately did not recover. He noted that the private vessel An Crossan which located the missing persons had three members of the lifeboat on board – Sam Nunn, Brian Kehoe Jnr and Niall McGee as well as Ruari Nunn.

Two wreaths were laid by the RNLI represented by John Grace and the Paul Cahill of Kilmore Quay Coastguard Station.

Gerry Kearns commented on the significance and success of the commemoration and thanked everyone involved in the service.

He said the Local Development Association wanted to extend its list of invitations to anyone whose life has been affected by tragedy at sea and encouraged people to contact the Stella Maris center on 053 912922 or [email protected] .com to ensure they receive a reminder. of next year’s event.

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