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Cόbh honours 20 Sailors and all those who served in World War 1

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A Remembrance Service and unveiling of a Monument took place in Cobh, on Saturday 2nd of June, to honour the 20 sailors Cobh lost at The Great Sea Battle of Jutland in 1916 and recognising all those who served in World War 1.

A joint service held in St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, was hosted by Father John McCarthy, Catholic Church and Reverend Paul Arbuthnot, Church of Ireland, highlighting that the whole community was affected by the tragic loss of life at Jutland. A packed Cathedral watched as a joint blessing then took place of twenty sailor’s caps, each representing the rank of those Cobh men killed in action on the 31st of May/1st of June 1916. This included Commander Richard Herbert Denny Townsend, the highest-ranking Irishman to die at Jutland.

Ms Eithne Wright, Chairwoman of the Jutland Memorial Society said “It was a very dignified and emotional service”. Ms Wright is the great niece of Shipwright William McGrath lost on HMS Queen Mary that day.

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Following the Remembrance Service, a short procession led by Piper Adam Duggan, a symbolic Pall Bearer detachment from the Irish Naval Service Reserve, the flag standards of the Royal Naval Association of Ireland were followed by descendants carrying the twenty sailor’s caps to the Bible Gardens of the Benedictine Nuns, St Benedict’s Priory, former British Admiralty House.

There a Monument to their sacrifice was unveiled by County Mayor, Councillor Declan Hurley at 3pm. It was jointly blessed by Father John McCarthy and the Reverend Paul Arbuthnot. Wreaths were laid and a Bugler sounded the Last Post. This was followed by a 2-minute silence which was concluded with a bell being rung 8 times, traditionally used to mark the change of the duty watch on ships.

The event was concluded by Chev. Adrian Gebruers of St. Colman’s Cathedral where the service began. At 4.03pm, marking the time the HMS Indefatigable sank, he played on the Carillon Bells, the evocative “For Those in Peril at Sea” by John Dykes (1823-76) and then at 4.25pm, marking the sinking of HMS Queen Mary, the beautiful “Abide with Me” by William Monk (1823-89). All those gathered in the Bible Gardens had a grandstand seat for this unique performance with beautiful views across a sunny harbour.

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Cork St Patrick’s Festival 15th to 18th March with over 50,000 visitors to attend the Parade on March 17th

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DKANE 20/02/2019 REPRO FREE Dancer Claudia Sargent and Martha Lopez pictured at the mural on Water St., Cork by artist Garreth Joyce for the launch of the Cork St Patrick’s Festival 2019. Organised by Cork City Council, the festival runs from March 15 to 18 next, with the parade starting at 1pm on Sunday March 17. See www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie
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Organised by Cork City Council, The Cork St. Patrick’s Festival will take place from March 15th to March 18th 2019, with over 50,000 visitors expected to attend the Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday March 17th, celebrating the theme ‘Stories of Cork’.

Throughout the festival weekend, Cork will be a hive of activity with traditional Irish music from the Lee Sessions, exhibitions celebrating Irish culture, plus theatre, music, guided tours and talks.

The Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be a vibrant carnival of colours, music, marching bands, amazing floats and community groups with up to 3,000 participants taking part, including some visiting from the USA.

Commissions by local arts organisations Cork Community Art Link and Dowtcha Puppets, plus national groups such as Spraoi, Buí Bolg and LuxE are in progress, creating innovative floats celebrating the theme.

Along with the entertaining flock of Cork Gulls created by Dowtcha Puppets, who have been working for weeks with local performing groups and St John’s College, a huge puppet of St. Patrick will accompany them on the route.

Cork Community Art Link will present a series of very “Cork” buildings who will roam the streets of Cork. There will be six floats of various sizes, each telling its own story through puppetry, performance and pop-up characters. These floats are being produced in conjunction with 11 local groups including Enable Ireland, The Brook Centre, Farranree Springboard, National Learning Network and Cork City Firebirds.

National arts organisations joining the parade in Cork include Waterford performance art group Spraoi, which will celebrate the origins of the word “langer” by unleashing a ‘langur monkey’ onto the street of Cork, while theatre performers from LuxE will tell the story of Sunniva, the Cork princess who became the patron saint of Western Norway.

Joining Corkonians from the United States for the Parade will also be marching bands from Indiana, North Dakota, Colorado and New York.

The parade will begin at 1pm on St. Patrick’s Day. Full details of parking, park and ride bus facilities and traffic restrictions will be available on www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie in advance of parade day. See Facebook @corkstpatricksfestival and Twitter @corkpaddysfest for updates and details of other activities to enjoy over the weekend.

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