Unveiling of Titanic Memorial

April 2012 saw the one hundredth anniversary of the tragic sinking of the White Star liner RMS Titanic. Built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, the ship started her maiden voyage from Southampton and called in to Cherbourg, in France, and Queenstown (now Cobh) in Ireland before heading across the Atlantic for New York. She struck an iceberg late on the 14th of April and sank in the early hours of the 15th with the loss of over 1500 lives. Just over 700 people survived the tragedy and were picked up by the Cunard liner RMS Carpathia. The story is almost certainly the best known shipwreck and one of the most widely known tragedies of all time.

Several investigations followed the sinking and these resulted in sweeping changes to maritime safety regulations and to the radio communication procedures used. Ice patrols were also established to monitor icebergs emanating from Greenland. These positive actions, coming directly from the Titanic tragedy, have resulted in the saving of tens of thousands, and possibly even hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide since the 2012 accident.

The wreck of the Titanic was discovered in 1985 by the famous American explorer and underwater archaeologist Robert Ballard and a number of artefacts have been recovered for display in museums worldwide. Some of these can be seen here.

A large number of Irish people boarded the liner in Cobh, emigrating to America in the hope of a better life. Four of these were from the Cahir area. Three were lost and one survived.

On the 100th anniversary of the sinking a plaque was unveiled by family members with a large crowd in attendance. The plaque was provided by the Cahir Historical Society and is located on the wall of the building on Castle Street, currently Halpin House, where all four bought their tickets.

 

 

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Above: A moment of silence and then (below) Seamus Martin, of Tipp FM, talks about the sinking and the effects of the tragedy on family and friends

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photo of spectators at Titanic memorial unveiling, Cahir, Ireland
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Photo of crowg gathering in front of Halpin House, Cahir, for the unveiling of a memorial plaque for local people who were on the Titanic when it sank
photo of the memorial plaque being unveled.
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The audience starts to gather in Castle Street
Photo, Seamus Martin of Tipp FM says a few words about the tragedy.
Photo, relatives at the Titanic memorial unveiling, Cahir 2012
Photo, Deidre Buckley sings 'Nearer My God the Thee' at the unveiling of the Titanic memoril in Cahir, County Tipperary

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Above: The plaque is unveiled.

Above: Just visible through the crowds Deidre Buckley sings 'Nearer My God To Thee' which was reported to have been the last music played by the ship's band as the Titanic sank.

Photo, members of the Peters family