Wednesday, October 17

ADDRESS: Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

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Today marks the centenary year for RMS Leinseter, sunk shortly after leaving Dún Laoghaire Harbour (then Kinstown) by German submarine UB-123 on the 10th October 1918. It was the single greatest loss of life on the Irish Sea and the highest death toll on an Irish-owned ship,  564 civilians, soldiers, Post Office workers and crew lost their lives in the disaster.

Earlier this morning at 08:00am The Irish Navy held a minutes silence at the exact spot of the wreckage, more than 9000 An Phost Staff held a minutes silence at 09:50 am nationwide in memory of the 21 postal workers who lost their lives in the ships mailroom.

The official State centenary event for Ireland’s worst maritime disaster took place at Moran Park in Dún Laoghaire today at 11:00am.