Brenda Reeves - July '08
I now wonder if James Curran was also my relative...my grandfather
was Robert Curran and he had brothers Henry and Barney?
Niall Hamill - Dundalk - June '08
Hello. I am replying to your article as posted. I was wondering
is the stained glass window in St Patrick's Dundalk the
same window erected for those who lost their lives onboard
the SS Dundalk in 1924 - as I have original receipt for
window dated 1924?
Sean Quinn - Feb '07
Reading the article it appears that the emigrant ship Connemara
was sailing form Greenore and not Newry. It was confusing
to read the Newry Democrat report of the recent commemorative
event in Nov 2006 in which the story of John Henry Tomelty
recounts that Tomelty had missed the "departure of
the SS Retriever from the Albert Basin in Newry but, rather
than risk the loss of a steady job, he cycled three miles
to catch up with the vessel." The BBC article says
that the Retriever was homecoming i.e. towards Newry when
she colided with the Connemara. Which is correct?
My interst in this is due to my wife being a neice of
Mary Angela McArdle (from Mulladuff, Cullyhanna, Co. Armagh
NOT Mulladuff, Co. Monaghan) who drowned that night and
is mentioned in the artcicle.
Thanks for all this information.
Sean Patterson - Oct '06
The Retriever was showing sidelights, but probably no masthead
light as this had to be raised manually to the top of theforemast
and due to the conditions this may have been impractical.
Any further information on the tragedy would be appreciated
as I wish to update the article I wrote on this website.
I am delivering a talk on the tragedy in Newry Arts Centre
on Friday 3/11/06 at 8.00 p.m.
Padraic Agnew (Dundalk) - July '06
As divers from dundalk, we visited the wreck of the Connemara
today 17/07/06, some of us for the first time. Its very
broken up, and a lot is buried in the sand. Reading the
information and looking at the picture of the boat, brings
its home to us the scale of the tragedy for so many families
across the north east and further afield.
Mary Larkin - July '06
For any information on the Connemara/ Retriever Collision
on Carlingford Lough please contact Brian Larkin, Greenore
County Louth ( 00353-429373402, 00353-872620174) OR Mary
Greenore County Louth ( 00353-429373201, 00353-871267727)
John Koolman - October 2004
The book by DSM Barrie on the Dundalk, Newry, and Greenore
Railway refers to this disaster, but states that the the
inquiry afterwards held that the Retriever was coming into
the Lough WITHOUT LIGHTS. They were unlit because no one
was able to go on deck to relight them when they were extinguished
by mountainous seas. Which version is correct?
M Thomas - October 2004
I am from Holyhead, I never met my grandfather. All I was
told about him was that he, previous to joining the crew
of the Connemara, was a member of the Cheshire regiment
and served all his military life in India. On return he
married my grandmother and set up home in Holyhead. He started
work on the Connemara as a stoker. On that fateful day he
had the day off but he was called out because one of the
crew went sick, and so he lost his life. Leaving a wife
and family to fend for themselves, as there was no social
services at that time. His name is on the local cenotaph.
I know nothing else about him. I should think he, being
a stoker, would still be in the ship. I don't know if his
body was found or not. By the way his name was William Williams