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Cork Harbour's Sea Sunday Ecumenical Service Commemorates Those Lost At Sea

28th July 2019
Sea Sunday at Crosshaven - Rev. Isobel Jackson of Holy Trinity Church Crosshaven and the Very Rev. Patrick Stevenson PP of St. Brigid’s Church Crosshaven Sea Sunday at Crosshaven - Rev. Isobel Jackson of Holy Trinity Church Crosshaven and the Very Rev. Patrick Stevenson PP of St. Brigid’s Church Crosshaven

The Cork Harbour Sea Sunday Ecumenical Service held on Sunday commemorated those who have died at sea and offered prayers for the safety of those who work at sea and enjoy leisure pursuits on the water and this year a 'blessing of the boats' was added to the programme writes Bob Bateman. 

Sea Sunday has been celebrated in Crosshaven in July for the past number of summers.

The service recognised two non-denominational groups internationally caring for and serving seafarers all around the world, including Cork Harbour.

The Church Service in Holy Trinity Church at 11.30 was led by Rev Isobel Jackson and Very Rev. Patrick Stevenson PP St Brigid's Church Crosshaven. 

 DSC8363Organisations walked from the Church to the Hugh Coveney Pier Photo: Bob Bateman

The service was held at the Holy Trinity Church at 1130hrs and was followed by a procession to the coastal villages' Hugh Coveney Pier where a wreath was laid.

Representatives from the Port of Cork, The Naval Service, RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard were in attendance.

The service was followed by the naming and blessing of a RIB used by a Voluntary Group “Cork City Missing Persons S.A.R. “ formed 17 years ago to aid the search and recovery of missing persons. “The Champ” is the name given to the Rib, so-called after the recovery of a missing person six months ago.

After an Interview on RTE Radio One given by Denny Kiely and David Mannix, the Voluntary Group was given a generous donation of a New 4x4 vehicle by a lady from Dublin who wishes remain anonymous. This has made a big difference to the work these volunteers can do.

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 DSC8417The service featured the naming and blessing of a RIB used by a Voluntary Group “Cork City Missing Persons S.A.R

A flotilla of boats then set out from pier to lay a wreath out in the harbour in memory of all those who have lost their lives at sea

 DSC8358Irish Coast Guard Dave Kearney Helm with crew

 DSC8370Kieran Conity, Manager of Port of Cork’s Crosshaven Harbour Area with Rev. Isobel Jackson

 DSC8406Theo Willis on the radio Photo: Bob Bateman

 DSC8419Part of the flotilla of boats for Sea Sunday head out to lay a wreath in the harbour Photo: Bob Bateman

Laying of Wreaths at Sea SundayLaying of Wreaths at Sea Sunday at the Hugh Coveney Pier


 DSC8390A blessing of boats





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It’s one of the largest natural harbours in the world – and those living near Cork Harbour insist that it’s also one of the most interesting.

This was the last port of call for the most famous liner in history, the Titanic, but it has been transformed into a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

The harbour has been a working port and a strategic defensive hub for centuries, and it has been one of Ireland's major employment hubs since the early 1900s. Traditional heavy industries have waned since the late 20th century, with the likes of the closure of Irish Steel in Haulbowline and shipbuilding at Verolme. It still has major and strategic significance in energy generation, shipping and refining.

Giraffe wander along its shores, from which tens of thousands of men and women left Ireland, most of them never to return. The harbour is home to the oldest yacht club in the world, and to the Irish Navy. 

This deep waterway has also become a vital cog in the Irish economy. 


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