Titanic memorials come to an end
Cobh brought to an end a momentous and sobering week of commemoration yesterday for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
Following on from a national tribute on Wednesday, attended by President Michael D. Higgins, a series of events were held up until Sunday to mark the tragedy.
A wreath laying ceremony was held on board the Irish Navy ship, the LE Eithne, with 1,517 white roses placed into the ocean from the Cork port.
The Irish Titanic Historical Society also organised a special ecumenical service in St Coleman's Cathedral as Cobh brought the Titanic 100 events to a close.
A major part of the commemorations was a three-day concert establishing the music and story of the Irish onboard the fateful voyage.
'An Irish Connection', which featured singers such as Cara O’Sullivan, Caitriona Fallon and Cathy Jordan was both a sobering and uplifting musical accompaniment to the memory of 1,500 who lost their lives.
The concert, situated next to the original pier that 123 people boarded in 1912, provided audience members with a chilling experience of the story of the Titanic.
Songs included 'Heartbreak Pier' (written about the pier in Cobh) and classical orchestral music provided by an Irish orchestra.
As night descended and the finale approached, members of the Cobh Children's Choir also joined the musicians and signers on stage in a musical tour de force that beautifully captured the essence of the commemorative events.
The former Treaty Port of Queenstown was the final port of call for the Belfast-built cruise liner as it headed for America, never to arrive.