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Dun Laoghaire RNLI hold ceremony to remember those lost at sea

The Christmas Eve ceremony is a tradition to remember the 15 volunteers who died on Christmas Eve 1895.

THE DUN LAOGHAIRE RNLI are holding a ceremony on Christmas Eve to remember all those who have died at sea.

The ceremony is a long standing tradition held by the crew at Dun Laoighaire to remember the 15 volunteers that died on Christmas Eve 1895.

The event is open to the public and family members who have lost loved ones at sea are especially welcome.

The ceremony will be held at the lighthouse end of Dun Laoghaire’s popular East Pier at midday.

Many will be meeting at Dun Laoghaire lifeboat station and walking to the lighthouse.

Those walking the pier should allow 20 minutes each way and about 20 minutes for the ceremony itself.

On November 24 1895, 15 volunteer crew died when their lifeboat capsized in gale force winds while they were attempting to rescue those on board the SS Palme that had run aground off Blackrock.

Relatives of the 1895 lifeboat crew are expected to walk the pier for the 20 minute ceremony.

Both RNLI lifeboats stationed at Dun Laoghaire will launch and the crews will lay wreaths at sea.

The ceremony will have music, an ecumenical blessing, a contemporary newspaper account of the 1985 tragedy and a piped lament.

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