Communication from Dept. of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Commemoration to mark the Centenary of the Sinking of the RMS Leinster
Expression of Interest form for relatives and other interested parties who wish to receive an invitation to attend this ceremony
Relatives and Friends of the Leinster: A Chara, We have great pleasure inviting you, your family and friends to participate in the Mail Boat Leinster Centenary events as set out below. Our events are clearly people/families centred, so you are urged to tell as many other people about these events and encourage them to attend. Please note that there will be additional events including Civic Receptions, throughout the week. Separate invitations will issue in due course. You are now invited to complete the enclosed booking form for you, your family and friends and return to the above address. This will greatly assist with the planning and catering requirements.
23rd September 2018:
“100 BOATS FOR 100 YEARS” - a sailing tribute marking the centenary. Route takes in the Kish. Followed by reception and presentations. The assistance of all local yacht clubs with this event is very welcome.
Sunday 7th October 2018. 2.00p.m.
Deansgrange Cemetery: unveiling of monument in memory of William Maher, Hero of the Leinster and recipient of the international Bravery Medal of the Humanity Society in 1919. Tuesday 9th October 2018. 8.00p.m. Dún Laoghaire Club, (Eblana Club) 3 Eblana Avenue, Dún Laoghaire. Reception / light refreshments / Talks on the Mail Boat Leinster by Dr. Gareth Hews (Wales), an expert on the subject, and also an illustrated talk on St. John Ambulance’s great work during the rescue and recovery of bodies from the Leinster, to be delivered by Padraig Allen, curator of St. John’s Ambulance. This historic venue has very strong connections with the Mail Boat Leinster dating back to 1910.
Leinster Vocal & Orchestral Concert - Sponsored by Royal Mail
Time: 6.30p.m. for 7.30p.m. (Reception)
7.30pm. To 9.00p.m. (Concert)
Venue: St Joseph's Parish Church, Glasthule.
Rónán Murray, organist and artistic director for this cultural event, is currently assembling several musicians/singers, including the Communications Workers Union band, for a vocal and orchestral memorial concert as part of the Centenary overall events.
Pieces of music, appropriate to the era, will be performed on the night. A nationally known special guest of honour will compere on the night.
(On 27th October 1918, a similar concert took place in the Theatre Royal, Dublin, to support the Leinster's Dependent's Fund with Mary Leighton, Sorprano and the Amalgamated Musicians' Union and others participating).
Tuesday 9th October 2018: Time: 8.00p.m: FÁILTE ISTEACH:
Venue: The Dún Laoghaire Club (Eblana Club), 3 Eblana Avenue, Dún Laoghaire. The venue has major connections with the Mail Boat Leinster going back to 1910. Many of those on the ship – especially crew- were active members of the club and the connections continued with the best known Leinster Survivor, Tom Connolly being a key member of the club in later years – see the notice board of the club's Golf Society Presidents and you will find Connolly as the foundation president- and to-day a number of club members are descendants from people who were on the ship including the club President Tom Byrne and Club Board Member: William Byrne (no relation). The club's visitor book from the days leading up to 10th October 1918 make interesting reading for all students of history and especially those researching their family connections with the Leinster. This book will be on display.
Wednesday 10th October 2018:
An official commemoration will take place in Dún Laoghaire to mark the centenary of the sinking of the Royal Mail Steamer (RMS) Leinster and to remember all of those who perished in that tragedy. The programme will comprise a significant cultural element as well as a formal commemoration and wreath-laying ceremony, with participation by members of the Defence Forces. This is also the date on which the vessel will come under the protection of the National Monuments Acts, which covers all shipwrecks over 100 years old. Time TBC.
- SOLD OUT - 7.00a.m.: Boat trip to the site of the Leinster wreck for wreath laying ceremony - SOLD OUT -
- SOLD OUT - 12.30p.m for 1.00p.m.; National Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire, Centenary Lunch - SOLD OUT -
From 2.00p.m.; Visits to Mail Boat Leinster Exhibition in the National Maritime Museum, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, to the St. John’s Ambulance Exhibition in the Lexicon, Moran Park, Dún laoghaire, view the LEGO model of the Leinster in the Lexicon, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, visit the Leinster anchor, view the Leinster displays in local shop windows and visit other places of interest.
There will be a brochure available on the day containing a LEINSTER TRAIL.
All arrangements are subject to change at short notice but every effort will be made to maintain the programme as published here.
For attendance at the lecture, participation in the boat trip and attendance at the Centenary Lunch it is essential to pre-book. We have been able to contain the cost per person for the 3 official events requiring an entry fee to just €50 per person. Please book on the enclosed BOOKING FORM and return to the above address, as soon as possible. Space at all events is limited.
Unless names and contact details are supplied, all tickets will be issued in the name of the applicant and forwarded to the address supplied. As the organisers must pay in advance for all services, it is not be possible to make refunds for cancellations.
Payment directly to bank:
Account title: “Remembering the Leinster”
National Sorting Code: 93-34-06 04147-080
IBAN: IE69 AIBK 9334 0604 147080
Post cheques to:
The Mail Boat Leinster Centenary Committee Relatives and Friends of the Leinster 3 Eblana Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.