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The tragic tale of a group from the north Mayo village of Lahardane has seen it renamed Ireland’s Titanic Village.
In April 1912 fourteen men and women from the parish of Addergoole in Lahardane set sail from Queenstown, Cork for a new life in America. Within days, eleven had died in the icy waters of the North Atlantic when their ship, the famous SS Titanic, sank on her maiden voyage.
Rural Ireland resounds with tales of emigration, steeped in the traditions of letting go. The small parish will never let go of the memory of those fourteen neighbours and friends, eleven of whom perished in what was called the Ship of Dreams.
The 100th anniversary was marked in 2012 with a memorable Irish Titanic Centenary Programme. The Cultural Week that April drew some 12,500 people to the small village of Lahardane.
Throughout 2012 the Addergoole Titanic story resonated widely with TV crews and reporters flocking from all over the world to capture this moment in history.
The Addergoole Titanic Memorial Park and the stunning Titanic and Emigration-themed stained glass windows can be seen in the village of Lahardane, which is across Lough Conn from Ballina and 21km by road, or 27km from Castlebar.
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