Wednesday 26 July 2017

Old friends recall how they saved 11 lives from the deep

Ruairi Sheanin O
Conghaile (left) and
Micheal Anthony
O Domhnaill
Ruairi Sheanin O Conghaile (left) and Micheal Anthony O Domhnaill

IT was a time for old friends to reminisce about a rescue that took place half a century ago.

Ruairi Sheanin O Conghaile (left) and Micheal Anthony O Domhnaill took a trip down memory lane to recall the day 50 years ago today when they helped save the crew of a stricken cargo ship.

Mr O Conghaile (72) and Mr O Domhnaill (71) were among residents from Inis Oirr on the Aran Islands who launched a rocket and safety buoys from the shore to save the entire 11 crew members from the MV Plassy after she struck a rock three-quarters of a mile off the island.

The ship, owned by the Limerick Steamship Company, was on its way through Galway Bay when it encountered a severe storm and struck the Finnis Rock.

Several weeks later, another storm washed the wreck on to the rocks where it remains today.

Irish Independent

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