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.
Árd na Mara