Iconic lighthouse illuminated to mark 100th Anniversary of sea tragedy

August 1, 2016

History was made at the weekend when the iconic Haulbowline Lighthouse at Cranfield was illuminated to mark the 100th Anniversary of the area’s greatest single loss of life.

The lighthouse was illuminated from 10pm to midnight on Saturday night and will be lit up at the same time every night throughout the month of August in memory of the 94 people who died when the ships SS Connemara and SS Retriever collided in Carlingford Lough in November 1916.

The illumination of the lighthouse signalled the start of five events to be held this month to mark the tragedy, including daily boat trips to the site of the collision.

Organised by Newry Maritime Association (NMA) under the title “Remembrance in Mourne”, Saturday night’s switching on of the lighting will be followed by the unveiling of a plaque at the lighthouse today (Monday).  Another plaque will be unveiled in Kilkeel on 5th August in memory of Margaret Donnan, who lost her husband, son and brother-in-law in the accident. On 6th August a plaque will be unveiled at Greencastle Pier, close to the site of the tragedy and a final plaque will be unveiled at Nicholson’s Store in Derryogue, where many of the corpses were taken to after they were found washed up on shore the morning after the disaster.