THE tragedy of the Titanic will be recalled in Cahir this Sunday, Arpil, the centenary of the sinking of the ill-fated liner after it struck an iceberg in the North Altantic on its maiden voyage to America.
Among the victims and survivors were a number of Tipperary people, including Kate Connolly, (35), of Bank Place, Cahir; Roger Tobin, Kilmoyler; Katie Peters, (26), of Ballydrehid, who all died, and Katie McCarthy, of Ballygurtin, Cahir, who survived. Ms McCarthy was the second last passenger to be placed in the last lifeboat.
A plaque in their memory will be unveiled in Castle Street, Cahir, on Sunday, the street in which they all bought their tickets to start a new life in the New World.
One of the organisers, Joise Casey, told the Tipperary Star that they believed Katie Connolly was orginally from Tipperary town and they would appreciate it if anybody who knew her family or who may be connected with her would get in touch with them. On Sunday, the day will be marked with Mass at 10.30am in Kilmoyler Church followed by the laying of a wreath on the family graves. The plaque will be unveiled at 3pm. She told the Tipperary Star that local establishments will offer Titanic menus on April 15 and there will be music, stories and recitations around the theme of the Titanic and emigration in Morrissey’s Bar from 3pm onwards. One of the highlights will be the playing of a tape made by Katie McCarthy 25 years after of the disaster.