76th anniversary of Aranmore tragedy today

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the Aranmore Disaster in which 19 people lost their lives.

Eighteen of the 19 victims of the tragedy came from the same part of Aranmore, and seven were from the same family.

Today’s commemorations begin with the laying of a wreath at sea at the spot where the boat went down, and will end with mass at the time the boat went down.

Local priest Fr John Joe Duffy says the horror of 1935 still resonates today:

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