French monument to victims of Irish disaster

I READ the story and saw the picture of the beautiful statue in Bantry commemorating those lost at sea, including the victims of the Betelgeuse disaster in 1979 (Irish Examiner, November 7).

The monument brought to mind a most surprising and fulfilling discovery we made in Brittany last October. Outside a village five miles from Pleurin-sur-Mere (near St Brieuc), my wife and I, with two friends, were driving by the ocean when we saw a sign for a monument. We parked and walked to it. To our surprise, there was a stone monument with all of the French and Irish names who died in the Betelgeuese tragedy in Bantry.

In addition, the small oval park had stone sculptures of a St Brendan-type boat with crew (and a man drowning by the side of the boat).

It was beautiful and made one proud to be Irish in a country populated by Celtic cousins.

Denis Healy

Árd na Mara


Co Cork

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