1895 Lifeboat Disaster

120 years ago, on Christmas Eve 1895, 15 brave volunteers from Dún Laoghaire sacrificed their lives in an attempt to rescue those aboard the SS Palme, which had run aground off Blackrock during a ferocious storm, and was sinking.

Every year, a commemoration is held at the end of the East Pier to remember those men and all the men and women who have died around our coasts in the last year. This year again, organised by Dún Laoghaire RNLI, this 15-minute ceremony will take place at midday on Christmas Eve and will include music, readings, an ecumenical blessing and wreath-laying at sea.

Everyone is welcome.

DL Lifeboat Station (old)

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page or the Dún Laoghaire RNLI Facebook page.

You can also read a detailed account of what happened in 1895 on the Dún Laoghaire RNLI web site.

Read coverage of last year’s commemoration in The Irish Times.

DL Lifeboat Illustograph news of 1895 deaths

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