A special fund aimed at raising money to erect a permanent memorial to Leitrim’s only victim of the Titanic, Matthew Sadlier, has been launched in Carrick-on-Shannon.
The launch was attended by relatives of other victims on the Titanic who travelled from Counties Mayo, Galway and Roscommon to pay their respects, as well as members of the Mohill Youth Group which has been instrumental in starting the ball rolling to ensure that a proper memorial is put in place to the memory of Matthew.
Cllr Francis Gilmartin, who officially launched the memorial fundraising drive said that it was “only fitting that a memorial be set up for this young man” who, like so many other Irish people at the time, had left for a better life in America. He was joined in his good wishes by Cllr John Ward who also paid tribute to Matthew’s memory.
A special parade was held as part of the memorial celebrations with a pony and trap organised by Fred Gill, Drumsna, flag bearers from the Mohill Youth Club, lone piper, Frank McCabe, Keshcarrigan and bell ringer, Michael Kelly. They were joined by local residents and members of a the local choir organised by Bernie Philips, who sang a number of hymns including, “Nearer my God to Thee’, reputed to the be last music played on Titanic as she sank
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