Innisfallen to be remembered

HUNDREDS worked on it and thousands more emigrated on it.

Memories will come flooding back next Saturday at a special commemoration to the Innisfallen, which carried people across the Irish Sea to escape the economic depression of the 50s and 60s.

One of them, John Hyde, also worked on the vessel before he too was forced to follow the well-trodden path across the water.

John, who has retired to Dillon’s Cross, expects to catch up with a number of old friends at the unveiling of four stainless steel listening posts on Penrose Quay.

Each will play continuous recordings and interviews with people who left Cork over the decades.

More than 1.2 million people left Munster between the 1930s and 1960s.

The monuments were designed by Johnny Hanrahan, artistic director of Cork’s Meridian Theatre Company and sculptor Daphne Wright.

“I worked as a boy serving in the officers’ mess room and also in the public bar. Then I emigrated. I worked in construction in the east and west end of London and after 30 years I resettled here,” Mr Hyde said.

“It was a sad ship in one respect. But there was a good side too. A lot of the people who travelled out on third class came back to Ireland on first class.”

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