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Thursday 27 June 2019

Ullswater memorial unveiled at Saleen

Relatives of Mate James Duff, one of those lost on the Brig Ullswater at Salt Rock, Ballymoney, on January 11, 1868, unveiled a plaque in their memory on Saleen Lane
Relatives of Mate James Duff, one of those lost on the Brig Ullswater at Salt Rock, Ballymoney, on January 11, 1868, unveiled a plaque in their memory on Saleen Lane

A memorial to those lost on the Brig Ullswater at Salt Rock near Ballymoney on January 11, 1868, was unveiled recently near the site of the disaster.

Ten of the eleven crew members were lost, and a descendant of one of those who died, Ken McQuhae, travelled from the USA to unveil the memorial. He provided funding for the plaque which he had erected in memory of his great-grandfather, Mate James Duff.

Also present at the ceremony were Ken's wife Diana and their niece and nephew Kathy Graham and Don Bremner from the UK, as well as staff and members of Gorey Municipal District committee, as well as various locals and representatives of local community organisations.

The commemorative plaque is situated on Saleen Lane, and a wreath was laid by the relatives during the ceremony.

The event was organised by Gorey Municipal District, and tanks were extended to those in the local community who provided invaluable information on the background to the tragedy; the residents of Saleen Lane who allowed access for the event; members of the Kilgorman community; caretakers of Kilgorman cemetery; and RNLI volunteers, in particular Sam Kennedy; and Jim Murphy of Courtown Coastguard.

Canon Mark Hayden and Fr Tom Dalton read the blessing at the conclusion of the ceremony, and Gorey uilleann piper Mark Redmond then played a lament in memory of those who lost their lives.

Gorey Guardian

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