On Saturday 14th December, a large gathering assembled in Cobh to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Cork Harbour Tragedy. The tragedy occurred on the night of 12th December, 1942 when 5 men died in extreme weather conditions whilst carrying out their duties on behalf of the Port Control Authorities.
The Rector of Cobh & Glanmire, the Rev’d Paul Arbuthnot represented the Church of Ireland at this commemoration. He was joined by the Administrator of Cobh Cathedral, Fr Tom McDermott, and Fr George Agger, a native of Cobh who was born on the the night of the tragedy. Fr Agger’s father was due to work with the men who perished, but was at home that night awaiting the birth of his son.
There was also a large attendance of civic dignitaries at this event, including Minister David Stanton TD, Cllr Sinead Sheppard, and Cllr Cathal Rasmussen. Representatives of the Cobh ONE, Cork Port, An Garda Síochána, and the Irish Naval Service were also present.
The Rector, the Rev’d Paul Arbuthnot commented:
This commemoration reminds us of the fragility of human life and the power of nature. It also reminds us that we owe a debt of gratitude and thanks to all who risk their lives in sustaining the maritime economy and security of this country.