On 11th December, the Rector of Cobh and Glanmire Union of Parishes, the Rev. Canon Paul Arbuthnot, led the act of worship at the 79th anniversary of the Cork Harbour Tragedy. On the 12th December 1942, five men from the Marine Service died during a storm in the harbour.
This annual commemoration, which takes place in Cobh, was also attended by members of the Defence Forces, the RNLI, Cork Port Authority, the Organisation of Ex-Service Personnel – Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hEireann, and family members of those who died in the tragedy. Also in attendance were David Stanton TD, and Councillor Cathal Rasmussen.
The Rev. Canon Paul Arbuthnot commented:
This commemoration reminds us starkly of the dangers which those who work on the sea encounter and the sacrifices which they make. We commend the lives of those who died in this tragedy to the gracious keeping of God. We also give thanks to God for all who maintain the maritime life of our country.