Thursday 17 January 2019

540 who died on RMS Leinster to be remembered

An artist’s impression of the doomed ship
An artist’s impression of the doomed ship
The anchor of the RMS Leinster in Dún Laoghaire harbour. Picture: PA
Cillin Allen (5) from Ballyfermot, Dublin, on a Ford model T at the commemoration
Laura Lynott

Laura Lynott

The families of 540 people who perished when the RMS Leinster mail boat was torpedoed by a German U-boat in Dún Laoghaire harbour in 1918 will mark 100 years since the tragedy later this year.

The relatives met organisers from the RMS Leinster Committee in Dún Laoghaire yesterday to discuss plans for the commemoration on October 10. The tragedy saw ordinary postal workers die alongside military personnel towards the end of World War One.

The biggest disaster to ever happen on the Irish Sea had all but been forgotten with the passage of time.

But the families have now approved plans to hold an extensive commemoration between Dún Laoghaire and Holyhead, Wales in October.

Actor Aiden Gillen's sisters, Patricia and Fionnuala Murphy, both from Dublin, said their great-grandfather, postal worker James Blake, died when the ship sank.

"We're very happy he will finally be remembered publicly," said Fionnuala.

Irish Independent

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