A new play commemorating the Carlingford Lough tragedy which occurred on 3rd November 1916 is currently making headlines in a cross border presentation of the event. The play premiered in Greenore and has since been performed in Rostrevor and Warrenpoint to packed houses and future venues include Kilkeel, Omeath, Newry and culminating in an invitation to perform on board the ferry to Holyhead in September and a major presentation as part of the commemoration festivities planned for Holyhead itself on 17th and 18th September.
Only one survivor lived to tell the tale of the greatest disaster recorded on the East coast of Ireland when the mail boat SS Connemara was rammed amidships by the incoming collier The Retriever on the night of November 3rd 1916 with the loss of 97 souls. War time restrictions prevented the full passenger capacity of 800 thus reducing the comparison to the death toll of both The Titanic and The Lusitania. The play is preceded by a short film which was arranged by a descendant of one of the passengers who was lucky to cancel his trip at the last minute and complements the subsequent portrayal of passengers and crews of both ships in a memorial to all who perished on that dreadful night.
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