April 2022. Cobh Ireland remembers the 110th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. It’s hard to imagine 123 passengers boarded the ship on that fateful day on what would be also the last days of the 79 who would not be so lucky to survive.
Grey sky and windy with a chill, this special day brings together people and organization to commemorate the event and pay tribute to the passengers who are on the Titanic. Cobh would always be tied to this occasion because this is the last port of call of the Titanic, in fact the last land contact stll stands on Cork Harbour. The “Heartbreak Pier” (see title cover) is located in front of the Titanic Experience museum and just next to this lovely Cobh Promenade.
It was a solemn afternoon. Name of the Titanic passengers from Cobh were read, a poem was recited, prayers were made and a brass band played in the background as a wreath was tossed to the sea. Cobh locals even dressed up and acted the part.
As Covid restrictions were lifted on Ireland, the public and Cobh locals were formally invited and along with the descendants of Titanic passengers, this day was celebrated not just for tourism but more importantly for its historial significance. One prominent guest of this occasion is the British Titanic Society, who traveled here for lectures, a tour of East Cork, a gala dinner and their personal commemoration of the event.
The ceremony began at Pearse Square in the centre of town where they have the Titanic Memorial and concluded right across John F Kennedy park where the Promenade is. This took place on a Sunday afternoon, a particularly freezing day but not so ironic when i come to think about it. As the Cobh Confraternity Band regaled the crowd, there’s a warm feeling that the memories of the 123 Cobh passengers are very much alive.
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