THERE was a strong West Cork contingent present in New York recently as the County Cork Association of New York held an official commemoration and fundraising event in Long Island City to mark the centenary of the Titanic disaster.
A mass was held for those who lost their lives and the names of those lost were read out, among them 22 people from County Cork, representing the largest number from any Irish county.
All funds raised at the event will be donated to Cobh Town Council to erect a unique glass wall memorial in the town’s planned Titanic Memorial Park.
Heading the line up of speakers was Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council, whose grandmother, Ellen Shine (17) from Newmarket, Co. Cork was one of the survivors.
Ellen Shine, subsequently O’Callaghan, was the last Irish Titanic survivor to die. She passed away in 1993.
The mayor of Cobh, James Quinlan was also present who thanked the County Cork Association and all in attendance for their efforts.
The main speaker was Dr. Michael Martin, author and historian, founder of the Titanic Trail in Cobh.
Among the members of the New York Cork Association Titanic 100 Committee present were Mae O’Driscoll, Patrick Hurley, Martin Hurley and Denis McCarthy all originally from Skibbereen and Deirdre O’Hea originally from Clonakilty.