Wreath-laying ceremony takes place in Tarbert to honour drowning victims

A special wreath-laying ceremony took place in Tarbert last night, to remember a group of young people who died in a boating tragedy 125 years ago.

The ceremony was part of the official opening of Tarbert’s Memorial Plaza, which also honours natives of the North Kerry town who died in different wars.

The evening’s proceedings began with a re-enactment of the Shannon Boating Tragedy of 1893, in which 17 young people from Tarbert lost their lives.


Local school children played the roles of the victims, who were returning from a day out in Kilkee when their boat sank.

Timothy Mulvihill is a descendant of the four Scanlon siblings, who were among those who lost their lives. He says his parents and grandparents never spoke of the tragedy when he was growing up:

After the re-enactment, the official opening of the Tarbert Memorial Plaza took place.

Funded by LEADER and Kerry County Council, the plaza is the site of memorial plaques to the drowning victims, as well as Tarbert natives who died in both World Wars and in the War of Independence.

Fionn and Sean Clancy, descended from Thomas and Johanna Lyndon who died in the drowning, laid a wreath on the plaza to mark the 125th anniversary.

The wreath was made of 17 roses, one for each of the victims of the tragedy.