Sinn Féin councillor Thérèse Ruane, has welcomed the decision at last week’s town council meeting to erect the Titanic commemorative plaque for the Addergoole Fourteen at Castlebar Railway Station in English and Irish, reversing a previous decision to erect the sign in English only.
Cllr Ruane said: “In April 1912, 14 persons, all from Lahardane, boarded the train at Castlebar en route to Cobh to board the Titanic as steerage (third class ) passengers. Of these 11 persons were lost and three survived. In addition, William Luke Duffy, a crew member on the Titanic, originally from Main Street Castlebar also lost his life.
“I got unanimous support for the motion to erect this plaque from councillors and welcome that the commemorative plaque will now be in Irish and English.
“I'd like to commend the trojan work of the Addergoole Titanic Society who are partnering Castlebar Town Council in this project. I am looking forward to a great day in Castlebar on Easter Sunday, when the journey by pony trap and sidecar from Lahardane to Castlebar Railway Station will be re-enacted.”