Purple wild flowers growing in a grass ditch in Commauns, Burren, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland. If you look closely at this shot you will see that there is actually is actually a fly on one of the flowers which i didn’t notice at the time 🙂 It is called Herb Robert
This Titanic memorial garden has been built in Lahardane Co. Mayo as a remembrance of the 14 people from Addergoole, the parish that includes Lahardane, booked passage to New York on Titanic. When the ship went down, 11 of them died, including the pregnant wife and sister of John Bourke, who refused to leave him.
This is the 76ft replica model of the RMS Titanic which was built in Lahardane Co. Mayo in Lough Conn behinde Addergoole graveyard on April 14th 2012.
LAHARDANE –The story of the building of Titanic is told in Belfast. The story of mass emigration from Ireland, of which Titanic was one small part, is told in Cobh, formerly Queenstown. But the story of the people – laborers, farmers and tradespeople– who bought passage on Titanic to start new lives in America is told in the tiny County Mayo village of Lahardane, “Ireland’s Titanic Village.”
Fourteen people from Addergoole, the parish that includes Lahardane, booked passage to New York on Titanic. When the ship went down, 11 of them died, including the pregnant wife and sister of John Bourke, who refused to leave him. News of the loss plunged the village into shock and despair.
“It was the largest proportionate loss of life suffered by any community in the world,” says Dylan Nolan, public relations officer for the Addergoole Titanic Society.
The Western People newspaper of May 4, 1912, reported that the wake held for several of the Addergoole victims was “one of the saddest sights ever witnessed in the West of Ireland.” Photos of the victims were laid on the beds where they had slept the night before leaving home. “The wailing and moaning of the people was most distressing and would almost draw a tear from a stone,” the story said.
But, as decades passed, memories began to dim. Some of the families died out or moved from their home places, and their cottages fell into ruin. The Addergoole 14 were in danger of being lost again.
Most of the money for the memorials was donated privately, and most of the work in Lahardane was done by volunteers.
This 76ft replica model of the RMS Titanic which was built in Addergoole Co. Mayo was launched on Lough Conn near Crossmolina (behind Pontoon Bridge Hotel). It was lit up in the night sky while the Mayo Titanic Ball took place on Friday 13th April, 2012 as part of the Mayo Titanic Cultural Week 8th – 15th April 2012
The Addergoole Titanic Society is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the wonderful memory of fourteen young emigrants from the parish of Addergoole who left Ireland for a better life in America, in 1912, on the ill-fated Titanic. Only three of our fourteen friends and neighbors survived the sinking.
On Thursday 11th April 1912, one hundred and thirteen steerage passengers (third Class) boarded Titanic at Queenstown (Cobh) in Cork. Fourteen of these passengers were from Addergoole Parish (Lahardane). Eleven of these fourteen died when RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage, east of Newfoundland, having struck an iceberg.
The Mayo passengers are known locally as the Addergoole Fourteen.
The 3 who survived were; Annie Kate Kelly, Delia McDermott, Annie McGowan.
The 11 who perished were; Catherine Bourke, John Bourke, Mary Bourke, Mary Canavan, Pat Canavan, Bridget Donohue, Nora Fleming, James Flynn, Catherine McGowan, Delia Mahon, Mary Mangan.
The loss of these 11 young emigrants represents the largest proportionate loss of life from any single locality on RMS Titanic.
Restoration works began on the Manor in 1987 when it was acquired by the Kane family from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. It took little more than a year , but when the Manor was finally completed in 1988 Adare Manor as a hotel was now a world class home away from home. As a 5-star luxury hotel, the manor boasts such guests as ex-US President and First Lady, Bill and Hillary Clinton.
The Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Golf Course was opened in August 1995. Adare Manor attracts anglers from around the globe on account of its excellent trout fishing in the River Maigue.
Also on the Manor property sit two intriguing ruins; The Saint Nicholas Church and Chantry Chapel. Both date back to the 12th century. St. Nicholas is the only accessible ruin, as the Chapel sits in the middle of the golf course and casual foot traffic is not allowed.
One of the more intriguing features of Adare Manor is the lettered text carved into the front of the south parapet which reads – “Except the Lord build the house, then labour is but lost that built it.”