Longford commemoration to remember locals who died on RMS Leinster

A special commemoration takes place in Longford this evening to remember people from the county who died when the RMS Leinster sank 100 years ago.

The six who died were mainly from Granard, Newtownforbes and from just outside Longford town, but a seventh was a medical officer who went to Dun Laoghire to tend to the wounded but contracted pneumonia.

Tonight’s event which includes an ecumenical service, music from the Peter Keenan branch of the organisation of ex-servicemen band takes place in the Rememberance Garden on Great Water Street at 6 o ‘clock.

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It will be followed by a talk in the Longford library from local historian Doreen Mc Hugh who has carried out extensive research into the Longford connections to tragedy.

George Armstrong whose grand aunt Violet Barrett was on the ship will also speak – he outlined her situation on Let’s Talk today.