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On Monday morning September 4 1939, the Galway harbour master Capt T Tierney was listening to a radio message from the Norwegian freighter Knute Nelson to say that it was steaming to Galway with 430 survivors from the Athenia, which was sunk by torpedo 250 miles north-west of Inishtrahull Island, off the Donegal coast. There were injuries among the survivors. Many were distressed and suffering from hypothermia. It requested urgent assistance.
The Mardi Gras celebrations before the start of Lent may be most associated with New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, and Quebec City, but Kinvara will be throwing its own Mardi Gras party as well.