SILENCE descended on Campile on Saturday as the area marked the60th anniversary of one of its saddest chapters and the senseless lossof three youn...SILENCE descended on Campile on Saturday as the area marked the60th anniversary of one of its saddest chapters and the senseless lossof three young lives.
Exactly 60 years after German bombs wrecked havoc, death and destructionon Campile, hundreds gathered outside Shelburne Co-op on Saturday eveningto remember and pray for those who died, and the heartbroken families andcommunity left behind.
In a senseless and unexplained attack, three young women, Mary EllenKent (30) and her 26-year-old sister, Catherine from Terrerath togetherwith Garryduff native, Kathleen Hurley (27) were killed when four Germanbombs were dropped on the creamery and restaurant sections of ShelburneCo-op on August 26, 1940.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary, ten years ago, a plaque waserected on the co-op walls in memory of the three women.
Since their foundation five years ago, Campile Historical Society haverecorded the history of the parish of Horeswood and in remembrance of thearea's `darkest day', organised the weekend wreath laying ceremony togetherwith a special commemorative Mass.
Speaking on Saturday night, John Flynn, chairman of the Campile HistoricalSociety, spoke of the `chaos, destruction and grief' experienced by thevillage and by the Kent and Hurley families and how the tragic death ofthree young and vibrant women had rocked the area to its very core.
Fr. Nicky Power relayed his own lasting memory of the fateful day,August 26, 1940 and how as a ten-year-old child, playing football in hishome village of Rosslare, he observed German planes flying in the skiesoverhead.
The hundreds gathered at the Co-op observed a minute's silence, beforeFr. Power lead them in reciting the Lord's Prayer. A blessing of the plaquewas carried out and wreaths, sponsored by Glanbia, were laid by Tom Hurley,brother of Kathleen, and Michael Kent Jnr, Terrerath, nephew of Mary Ellenand Catherine.
Poignantly, the last of the Kent siblings, Michael, died just a fewshort weeks ago.