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Anniversary of historic burial at Balrothery Cemetery

Following on from the resent visit to Balrothery by the The Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society (Details HERE) to open an exhibition of photographs featuring historic shots including pictures of the aftermath of the Sack of Balbriggan and fascinating talk by Frank Wherity an event is planed for Saturday 3rd of March 2018 at 12 noon to commemorate another piece of history involving Balrothery.

Commemoration for John Macaulay and crew of SS Kenmare

On 2nd of March 1918 the SS Kenmare, belonging to City of Cork Steam Packet Co.

Ltd, sailing from Liverpool to Cork, was torpedoed by a German U-Boat about 60 km northeast of Skerries, North County Dublin. Six members of the crew survived but twenty-nine perished. The sea only gave up three of the missing crew, their remains were found a few weeks later on Balbriggan, Gormanston and Skerries beaches. Of those found, one could only be identified by a letter in his pocket, this was Leading deck hand John Macaulay, Royal Navy

Reserve, from Islivig, Isle of Lewis, Scotland. John was buried in Balrothery Cemetery with full military honours on 18th of March 1918 with Coast Guard, Navy, R.I.C. and Military in attendance. Another unknown crew member was also buried in Skerries on that same day. On Saturday 3rd of March 2018 at 12 noon, the Community of Balrothery will hold a commemoration for John Macaulay and his crewmates to mark the 100th Anniversary of sinking of the SS Kenmare. Members of John’s family from Isle of Lewis, Scotland are travelling over to attend. All welcome to attend.

The funeral of John Macaulay 18th of March 1918, Balrothery Cemetery.

Photo and info credit

Balrothery Community Association, Balrothery Graveyard Committee, Balrothery Heritage Ltd Contact:, 086 8291947, 087 2075799

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