The communities of Fethard-on-Sea and Rosslare Strand are marking the 100th Year Commemoration of The Helen Blake with the following events:
an historical lecture given by the author of The Awful Tragedy of the Helen
Blake Lifeboat, Liam Ryan describing the drama surrounding the rescue mission to save the crew of the Mexico on February 20, 1914, followed by a concert in St. Mary’s
￼Friday, 21st of February 2014 at 8pm.
Saturday, 22nd of February 2014 at 11am – Kilmore Quay, Dunmore East and Fethard Lifeboats will meet at Fethard Dock and proceed to the Keeragh Islands for a Wreath laying ceremony (weather dependant).
Saturday 22nd of February 2014 at 2.30pm – There will be a parade from the Boathouse to the Monument in the village of Fethard on Sea where an Ecumenical Service will take place.
Rosslare Maritime Museum will be holding a photographic and memorabilia exhibition, highlighting the rescue of the Mexico in the National School in Rosslare village 12 noon to 7pm on the 22nd February and 10am to 5pm on the 23rd of February.
On Sunday 23rd of February, a wreath laying ceremony will take place at 3.00pm at the Monument in Rosslare – Wreaths will be laid by representatives of various organisations.
Wexford Sinfonia Concert
International author Eoin Colfer international music composer Liam Bates will join forces to host a concert on the centenary of the ‘Fethard Lifeboat Disaster’ of 1914 which saw nine-crew men of the RNLI vessel ‘The Helen Blake’ lose their lives aiding the shipwrecked Norwegian schooner ‘The Mexico’ off the coast of Wexford.
The concert will be hosted by Wexford Sinfonia on Saturday, February 22 at 8pm in Wexford to honor and remember the crewmembers of ‘The Mexico’ and the RNLI who lost their lives, the performance will include a specially commissioned piece by Composer Liam Bates, ‘Heroes of the Helen Blake’. The Concert takes place at County Hall Wexford – Tickets: €20 (053 919 6000) proceeds to the RNLI