Ireland commemorates 110th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy

On this day 110 years ago, the Titanic would arrive in Cobh before its final journey to New York.

The Cork town of Cobh remembers the 110th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy when the White Star Liner sank on its maiden voyage.

These past few days and the days to come will commemorate a special time in Ireland’s history, whilst exploring facts about the Titanic.

On Friday, more than 80 members of the British Titanic Society travelled to Cobh to remember the 1,504 passengers and crew who lost their lives during the Titanic’s tragic demise.

The Titanic – on this day in 1912

Today marks the 110th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy as the ship arrived in Cobh before its final journey.
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On this day 110 years ago, the RMS Titanic, built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, arrived in Cobh, known then as Queenstown. This was the last stop before setting off on its final journey to New York.

Just before noon on 11 April 1912, the ship arrived in Cobh. It dropped anchor off Roches Point a little later in the afternoon.

Eight lucky people departed the ship in Cobh, and 123 people boarded, most of whom were travelling in third class. Of the 123 people who boarded in Cobh, only 48 would survive the tragic sinking on 15 April 1912.

Commemoration – 110th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy

The Titanic tragically sank on 15th April, 1912.
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This past weekend, 80 members of the British Titanic Society travelled to Cobh to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy.

The British Titanic Society formed in 1987, two years after the wreckage of the ship was found in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The society members boarded a local boat in Roches Point on Friday afternoon. They laid a wreath in the sea at the point where the great ship made its final stop before departing to New York.

Denis O’Brien, a local descendant of a Titanic victim, was the one to lay the wreath at sea to commemorate those lost in the terrible tragedy in 1912.

Remembering today – where you can find out more

You can find out more about the 110th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy at Titanic Belfast where they have displayed one of six life jackets to commemorate.
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Today across Ireland, there are a number of places you can visit to learn and understand what happened to the RMS Titanic in 1912.

This includes Titanic Belfast, Titanic Experience Cobh, Titanic Memorial Garden Cobh and many more.

As a special commemoration for the 110th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy, one of the six life jackets that remain from the disaster is now on display in Ireland for the first time.

A special nod to the tragic events 110 years ago, it will be on display in the Grand Atrium of Titanic Belfast until 24 April. The Chief Executive of the museum described this addition as “really something special”.

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