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Cobh to honour titanic passengers

Thursday, 10th April, 2014 1:00am

The Cobh Titanic Memorial Garden at Cove Fort will be officially opened on Friday 11 April at 3pm, 102 years to the day after the Titanic anchored in Cork Harbour.

The focal point of the garden is a glass memorial wall overlooking the final anchorage of RMS Titanic onto which the names of the 123 passengers that boarded the Titanic at Queenstown are inscribed.

On Sunday 13 April people will also gather in the ship's last port of call to remember all those who died, but in particular the passengers who boarded in Cobh. The ceremony is an annual event that is organised by Cobh Tourism and will starts at 3pm at the Old Town Hall at Lynch's Quay.

A colour party from the Cobh Branch ONE will parade to the Titanic Memorial in Pearse Square where there will be a ceremony of prayers and wreath laying and musical honours will be provided by the Commodore Male Voice Choir and Cobh Confraternity Band.

Wreaths will be laid at the Titanic Memorial and the proceedings will then move to the promenade where seventy nine white flowers will be placed in the sea in memory of the Cobh passengers who lost their lives in the tragedy.

The Mayor of Cobh, Councillor John Mulvihill Jr. will then place a wreath in the sea to honour all of those who lost their lives when the Titanic sank and the ceremony will conclude with the Cobh Confraternity Band's rendition of 'The Last Post' and 'Reveille.' Members of the public are encouraged to attend both the opening of the Titanic Memorial Garden and the Titanic Commemoration.

The project is a collaboration between Cobh Town Council, the Cobh Titanic Centenary committee and Cobh Tourism. This was also made possible by funding from Cobh Town Council, Cork County Council, The County Cork Association of New York, Failte Ireland and South and East Cork Area Development Ltd (SECAD) through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the National Development Plan.

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