Friday, 27 March 2015

100 Years Ago Column ...

Appalling Ocean Disaster

1,490 lives lost

Hundreds of Irish passengers among the missing

What is admitted on all hands to be the most appalling maritime disaster on record occurred on Sunday night, when the new White Star RMS Titanic, while on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, struck an iceberg off the banks of Newfoundland, and sank in the early hours of Monday morning, carrying to the bottom over 1400 of the passengers and crew. The latest estimate of the number of lives lost is 1490. The first intimation of the catastrophe was contained in wireless messages to the American Continent transmitted from the liners at sea which had picked up wireless distress signals from the wrecked vessel, and which were hurrying to her aid. The Olympic, the Virginian, the Baltic, the Parisian and the Carpathia were some of the liners which hurried to the scene of the wreck in the hope of being able to avert disaster. It would appear, however, that help came too late, and that when the first of the rescue ships arrived on the scene the Titanic had sunk. Some 868 of the passengers and crew were still afloat in the boats, and were taken on board the Carpathia. The passengers saved were mostly women and children. It was at first thought that others might have been picked up by the Virginian and the Parisian, but later advices extinguish this hope. Amongst the passengers were many notable persons, several of whom are missing, amongst these being Mr WT Steed. 187 Irish passengers, representing every part of this country, joined the Titanic at Queenstown. The majority travelled steerage. Heartening scenes were witnessed at the White Star Company’s offices at New York, Liverpool, London and Southampton when the news of the disaster was made known. Amongst the Irish passengers who embarked at Queenstown are a number from Castlebar, Athlone, Ballygar, and the County of Galway generally, but now how many of those are amongst the survivors is yet to be known.

CD Board take over several grass ranches in Roscommon

During the past few days the CD Board have taken over possession of several large grass ranches in Roscommon, including the Derrane lands on which there was a cattle drive recently and the grass ranches of Tonroe and Ballynaskill, altogether about 900 statute acres on the Goff Estate. On the Caulfield Estate, near Donamon, they have taken over possession of Mr Armstong’s extensive holding on Emlaghroy with residence and several hundred acres of grass lands, and also several hundred acres of similar untenanted lands at Ballydooley, on the same property.

Gaelic Athletic Association

The next meeting of the GAA will be held at 4 o’clock on today (Saturday), at Mr. Murray’s Hotel, when important matters will be dealt with in connection with the matches in the new enclosed ground on Sunday, 328th April. Stewards, marshals etc will be appointed and it is expected that all clubs will be represented. On tomorrow, Fuerty vs Gilinsk will meet at Creggs in the first round of the League ties for the championship. We hope that the Creggs club will see the field is well laid out, and that the bye-laws of the County Board insisting on erecting a wire of other palling at the back of the goal posts is carried out. This becomes binding on all clubs now, and a club ignoring the rule is liable to suspension. Mr PJ Gillooly will be in charge of the whistle.

Issue dated: 20 April 2012
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