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By: Podcasts  05/12/2011

People & Places «

There can be few people who don’t know the story of the sinking of The RMS Titanic on April 15th 1912. Many Irish people perished onboard and there are many myths and legends surrounding the events of that day but one true story that few people are aware of is that 14 people from the tiny parish of Addergoole in County Mayo, a region in the shadow of Mount Nephin with a then population of about 1,600, were on board that fateful journey which ended so tragically for 11 of them.

In 2002 two men Toss Gibbons and Local Doctor Paul Nolan vowed to commemorate the event in the village of Lahardane by organising 11 solemn rings of the church bell for those lost and three joyous tolls for the survivors at the exact time the ship sank 02:20 hrs Irish time. Since then The Addergoole Titanic Society has been formed and they have endeavered to bring this story to a wider audience and were there in 2010 to record the event. In this podcast we can hear the the opening ceremony and the ringing of the bell for each local passenger as well as a moving account by Michael Kilgannon from Caltra in County Galway whose uncle wrote a letter to his mother before embarking on one of the most famous voyages in history.

Of those 14 people from Lahardane the three who survived were; Annie Kate Kelly, Delia McDermott, Annie McGowan.

The 11 who perished were; Catherine Bourke, John Bourke, Mary Bourke, Mary Canavan, Pat Canavan, Bridget Donohue, Nora Fleming, James Flynn, Catherine McGowan, Delia Mahon, Mary Mangan and we dedicate this podcast to their memories.

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