With the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster arriving next April, a Castlebar Town Councillor has put forward a motion calling for the fourteen Mayo persons who were on board to be remembered in a sculpture.
Cllr Therese Ruane also hopes that this sculpture will remember those who have emigrated in more recent times.
Fourteen people from Addergoole parish (Lahardane) boarded a train in Castlebar en route to Cobh in April 1912 to board the Titanic. Only three of them survived the Titanic disaster. The Addergoole Titanic Society believes that the loss of eleven lives represents the largest proportionate loss of life from any locality on RMS Titanic.
Mayo Titanic Cultural Week will take place from April 8-15 and will include a re-enactment of the journey by pony trap and sidecar from Lahardane to Castlebar Railway Station on Sunday, April 8, 2012.
“Now, in 2012, the scourge of emigration is upon us again, with more than 100 people a day emigrating and leaving our shores,” says Cllr Ruane in her motion.