Newry Maritime Association and Council visit Mansion House

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Thursday, November 8th, 2012
The Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Councillor John McArdle, along with members of Newry Maritime Association were hosted to a Reception in the Mansion House, Dublin, by Deputy Mayor Paddy McCartan. This invitation was extended as a result of Cllr. McCartan attending the unveiling of a memorial stone and plaque in memory of those lost on the SS Privet and SS Walnut.   Relatives were traced for 17 of the 18 lost but despite the best efforts of the Maritime Association no relatives of John Hearn from Ringsend, Dublin, were found. On the day Councillor McCartan accepted the commemorative plaque he undertook to search for relatives of John Heron. True to his word he found those relatives and they were also invited to the Mansion House to receive the commemorative plaque on behalf of John Mayor McArdle said: “Today we proudly remember John Hearn, his courage and bravery, and all those lost at sea”. Mr. James McAreavey, on behalf of Newry Maritime Association, said this now brought closure to this very sad period in the long maritime history of Newry.
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