Monday 26 June 2017

Sea in their veins: the six crewmen on board the ill-fated ‘Tit Bonhomme’

Michael Hayes
Michael Hayes
Kevin Kershaw
Abdou Mohamad
Wael Mohamad
Saied aly Eldin
Shaban Attia

MICHAEL Hayes (52), a native of Helvick in Co Waterford, is a father of five who has fished all his life. Together with his wife, Kathleen, he is very active in Irish fishery support groups and was hailed as a hugely experienced and respected skipper. Friends described him as a devoted family man who has a lifelong love of GAA and Munster rugby.

 

KEVIN Kershaw (21), the eldest son of Paddy and Margaret, had decided to try his hand at fishing to raise money for a planned trip to Australia. Kevin was the eldest of six children; he had three brothers and two sisters. He was originally from Dromcarra Grove in Tallaght in Dublin, but had been living for the past six years with his aunt, Ann, in west Cork.

 

FATHER-OF-THREE Abdou Mohamad (40) – who survived the disaster – has spent five years working in the fishing industry here, mostly in west Cork. He was in regular contact with his family back in Rosetta, a small village outside Alexandria in Egypt. Mr Mohamad is one of the most respected members of Ireland’s small but closeknit Egyptian community

 

THE younger brother of Abdou, Wael Mohamad (32) had arrived in Ireland to work in the fishing industry shortly after his older sibling. Married and a father of two, Wael had last month celebrated the birth of his first son, while his little girl was born three years ago. He hoped to travel to Egypt over the summer, and was a highprofile member of Ireland’s Egyptian community.

 

SAIED aly Eldin (24), a native of Rosetta – like the Mohamad brothers – was following in a proud family tradition by pursuing a career in the fishing industry. Saied’s father, Mohammed Ibrahim Eldin, had worked as a fisherman from Alexandria until he came to Ireland in recent years. Yesterday, Mr Eldin was helping in the recovery operation for the trawler.

 

SHABAN Attia (26) is also from Rosetta in Egypt and had travelled to Ireland to work in the fishing industry having heard from friends about the available work. A cousin of Saied aly Eldin, Mr Attia had moved to Skibbereen where almost the entire Egyptian community work in fishing and have links to the Alexandria area. He had hoped to travel back to Egypt this summer.

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