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Galway was ready to receive SS Athenia survivors

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In the early afternoon of Monday September 4 1939, Galway’s harbour master, Captain Tom Tierney, was amazed to be contacted by radio from a Norwegian freighter Knute Nelson. It was steaming south towards Galway with 430 survivors from the passenger liner SS Athenia, which had been torpedoed 250 miles north-west of Inishtrahull Island, off the Donegal coast. Many of the survivors needed medical attention. Was Galway in a position to offer aid and safety?

Public history lecture on the SS to be held in city next week

The SS, Nazi Germany’s most feared elite regiment, responsible for some of the most appalling crime against humanity in WWII, will be the subject of a public lecture in Galway next week.


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