9 January 2019
By Mary Bermingham
The Whiddy Island disaster, which occurred 40 years ago this week was a dark day in the history of West Cork, a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Cork Senator Tim Lombard said: “The Whiddy Island disaster, which happened in Bantry Bay four decades ago, has left an indelible mark on the psyche of the people of West Cork.
“Speaking to people who witnessed the events first hand, it’s clear the disaster has left heart-breaking memories that will last the rest of their lives.
“The images on the news of the dark plumes of smoke emanating from the ship where so many lost their lives still resonate with us to this day.
“At this time we need to remember the families of the 51 people whose lives were claimed by the disaster,” the Fine Gael Senator said.
“West Cork has a world famous coastline, but we need to remember that our maritime heritage also brings its own inherent risks.
“It is important that we use this sad time to reflect on lessons that were learned following the disaster, specifically the need to ensure that everything possible is done to keep sailors safe and the importance of protecting our environment.
“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.”