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A ‘Titanorak’ is a person obsessed with the RMS Titanic, who knows all there is to know about the ship, but is still determined to find out more. Now the search is on for Galway’s most passionate Titanic enthusiast.
A new Irish music, song and drama show about the Titanic was a massive hit, when it was staged during the Crossmolina Festival at Enniscoe House. It was standing room only at the sold out Heritage show by the newly formed Conners performance group for their production of the Titanic themed The Emigrants’ Farewell.
Galway does not have the same connection to the RMS Titanic as does Belfast or Cork, but there were nine Galwegians aboard the doomed liner, and they are being commemorated throughout August.
On the weekend of 23/24 June, over 60 sailing clubs and training centres nationwide will open their doors to take part in Sail Spree – an initiative developed by the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) to encourage people of all ages out on to the water to experience the thrill of water based activities.
Both Mayo Sailing Club and Bellacragher Bay Boat Club will be taking part in the Sail Spree weekend—June 23/24. Bellacragher Bay Boat Club will run their event on Saturday and Sunday providing ‘on the water’ taster sessions in a variety of boats including Hobie Cats (catamarans), dinghies and cruisers. It will take place around Achill Island.
The fisherman who drowned off the coast of Connemara earlier this week has been named as Gearóid O Cualáin, from Carna.
There was praise from all political quarters this week for the work carried out by all those involved in the recent Titanic commemorations in Lahardane. Fianna Fáil councillor Blackie Gavin told the meeting: “The memorial park is a fantastic achievement by all involved and is something that everybody will have to see.”
Sinn Féin Councillor, Thérèse Ruane, has described the Addergoole 14 reenactment of their journey by pony and trap to Castlebar on Easter Sunday as a very moving experience.
On that terrible cold night of April 14 1912, in the North Atlantic, the Titanic was sinking head first into a freezing, calm sea. It had struck an iceberg 400 miles south of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. And was fatally wounded. The incessant bip bip bip SOS call for help from the wireless telegraphist Jack Phillips and his assistant Harold Bride was interspersed with more dramatic calls for help: “We are putting passengers off in small boats. Women and children in boats, cannot last much longer”.