Lebanon’s Titanic victims mourned in Cobh – Andrew Clarkson

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

By Andrew Clarkson » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:30 am

The 97th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic was marked by a ceremony in Cobh, Co Cork, ‎yesterday‏. ‏

The Irish Lebanese Cultural Society laid its first wreath at the annual commemoration which got ‎under way shortly before 3pm‏.

The laying of the wreath highlighted an often-overlooked statistic: 123 people from Lebanon ‎travelled on the Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912, along with the mostly-European passengers ‎and Asian crew‏. ‏

The small village of Kfar Mishki in the lower Bekaa Valley of eastern Lebanon was devastated by ‎the loss of at least eight of its inhabitants. Another village, Hardeen, lost 12 of its locals while ‎eight others survived‏. ‏

The tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic is commemorated every April in Cobh‏. ‏

Cobh, then known as Queenstown, was the Titanic’s last port of call on a journey which ended ‎with the loss of 1,517 lives‏. ‏

Yesterday afternoon’s parade in Cobh left the Clock Tower Gallery at the old town hall on Lynch’s ‎Quay and ‎continued to the Titanic Memorial in Pearse Square‏. ‏

Following prayers, hymns by the Commodore Male Voice Choir and a wreath-laying ceremony, ‎the proceedings moved to the Promenade for prayers and hymns by Cobh Confraternity Band ‎and the reading of the names of the 79 passengers who boarded the liner in Cobh and died in ‎the north Atlantic. Hundreds attended the event‏. ‏

The mayor of Cobh, Cllr John Mulvihill jnr, placed a wreath in the sea. The ceremony concluded ‎with a bugler ‎playing the Last Post and Reveille‏. ‏

Cobh is set to play a major role in the 100th anniversary commemorations of the sinking of the ‎Titanic, with ecumenical and wreath-laying services among the activities planned‏. ‏

Cities such as Southampton, Liverpool, and Halifax in Nova Scotia, New York and Cherbourg are ‎to work together to host a series of events in 2012‎‏. ‏

Cobh Town Council has approved plans to be involved in the commemoration ceremonies‏. ‏

Source: http://www.irishtimes.com


Andrew Clarkson ‎

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