Cobh Remembers Those Who Drowned on Board The Titanic

By Seamus Whelehan

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A memorial service for those who drowned on board the Titanic will be held this Sunday 15 April, marking 106 years since it sank into the North Atlantic.
At 3:00pm a colour party from the Cobh O.N.E. Branch will lead in procession from the Old Town Hall at Lynch’s Quay to the Titanic Memorial in Pearse square, as they pay their respects to the passengers who boarded the ill-fated ship at Cobh, Titanic’s last port of call.
The Commodore Male Voice choir will perform during a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial, before proceedings move to the Promenade, close to the iconic heart break pier, where 123 who boarded in Cobh departed from.
79 of those passengers would later perish in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic, their names will be read out as Great Island Strings will play ‘Nearer My God to Thee’.
The hymn is the alleged last song the band on RMS Titanic played before the ship sank.
After a decades long search, the wreckage of Titanic was found lying upright in two sections almost 400 miles south off Newfoundland in 1985.
Successive dives on the vessel both manned and unmanned have found no evidence of a long gash thought to have been ripped in the ship’s hull by an iceberg.
It’s believed a series of thin tears as well as a separation of joints in the ship’s hull led to its demise.

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