Wednesday 26 November 2014

Last known letter written on Titanic sells for €145,000

Published 27/04/2014 | 02:30

THE last known letter to be written on the Titanic sold for stg£119,000 (€145,000) at auction yesterday. The letter was written by passenger Esther Hart just hours before the liner struck an iceberg in April 1912. The letter, headed 'On board Titanic' and written on Titanic stationery, comes complete with an envelope embossed with the White Star Line flag. The auction took place at Henry Aldridge and Son Auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire, England.

In the letter Mrs Hart, who was travelling with her daughter and well-known survivor Eva Hart, talks about being ill while on board the New York-bound liner.

'HOT IN THE HILLS'

An outdoor singles event known as 'Hot in the Hills' – "to take pressure from the present internet dating frenzy" – takes place in Dingle, Co Kerry, on May 10. After a guided walk up Mount Brandon and a pint in Tigh TPs, the participants will sit down to a meal and there will be plenty of music and dancing. Limited tickets available by presale only for €55 each from https://hotinthehills.eventbrite.ie. For further info contact 086 863 2056 /086 376 5466.

RAGTIME CONCERT

Colm 'Stride' O'Brien will play from the works of Ragtime & Stride Piano Legends Scott Joplin, George Gershwin and Fats Waller on May 9 at the National Concert Hall.

Colm is Ireland's leading exponent of Ragtime Piano and has performed regularly in the UK and US including the prestigious Scott Joplin Festival in Missouri. Tributes to Hoagy Carmichael and "The Ballroom of Romance" will be highlights of this lunchtime event.

Sunday Independent

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