Mayo Titanic Week Press Launch
The week commences on Easter Sunday morning with former President and local resident, Mrs. Mary Robinson officially opening the Mayo Titanic Cultural Week.
Final touches are being put to the New Titanic Memorial Park in Lahardane.
The Addergoole Titanic Memorial Park will be officially opened on Sunday 15th April by An Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny, on the centenary. The 12ft bronze sculpture of the Titanic has been installed as well as several symbols of Irish heritage using local cut stone, some of it taken from the houses from which the Addergoole Fourteen left on 10th April 1912.
Speaking at the press launch Mr. Paul Nolan, ATS Chairperson said:
"Emigration gave Addergoole its central place in this epic maritime disaster. During The Mayo Titanic Cultural Week, we will commemorate the centenary of the Titanic and its relevance to Mayo, its people and the emigration story. It is well-known that the Titanic was built in Belfast, that its point of Irish departure was Cobh - Queenstown where 113 steerage passengers boarded, but here in County Mayo we have the human side of the story which will be central to the centenary commemorations during Easter Week. The parish's special position in Titanic's passenger history is undeniable. Truly, Lahardane is ‘Ireland's Titanic Village."