Commemoration Events

These are the events that took place at Holyhead to commemorate the Centenary of the loss of RMS Leinster.

Wednesday, 5 September at 6.30pm at the Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead – a public launch of the Commemorative programme, which included an informative talk by Dr. Michael Roberts of Bangor University on ‘WW1 Shipwrecks around the Welsh Coast’. All Welcome – Free Entry

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 at 11am – Ecumenical Service at St. Cybi’s Church, Holyhead in remembrance of those lost. A special welcome was offered to family members of those on RMS Leinster. A Reading of the ‘Roll of Honour’ was undertaken. Performances by Ysgol Gymraeg Morswyn Choir and Magee Brothers were much appreciated.

Following on from the service a procession made its way to the Holyhead War Memorial, the Cenotaph, for a one minute silence and laying of wreaths and other tributes.

This was followed by a Reception at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Holyhead for the meeting of families of those on board RMS Leinster.

Friday, 12 October 2018 at 10am at the Holyhead Sports CentreFive-a-side football competition between the Holy Island Primary Schools. (All local ships had football teams at his time and played against each other)

Friday, 12 October 2018 2pm – 4pm at Holyhead Maritime MuseumFree guided tour of the Museum with emphasis on the Great War and loss of RMS Leinster.

Friday, 12 October 2018 at 7pm at St. Mary’s Church Hall, HolyheadCommemorative Evening of Talks and Performance featuring the loss of RMS Leinster and Holyhead and the Great War.

Saturday, 13 October at 12.30pm at the Sea Cadet Unit, Newry Beach – Leinster Exhibition and Reception hosted by the Town Mayor, Cllr. Keith Thomas.

Saturday, 13 October, 2pm – 4pm a visit to Admiralty Pier, RMS Leinster’s berth. Leaving from the Sea Cadet Unit. (This was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions).

Saturday, 13 October at 7.00pm at the Valley Hotel, Valley – Sponsored Commemorative Dinner with entertainment by the Magee Brothers and an ‘after dinner talk’ by Dr. Gareth Huws – ‘The Town of Holyhead in 1918’.

10 – 14 October 2018 the Dragon Amateur Radio Club at the Sea Cadet Unit, Holyhead. An exhibition about the use of radio and the RMS Leinster’s Radio Officer. On 10 October at 10.00 am there was a special radio link between amateur radio enthusiasts at Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire using unique call signs incorporating the RMS Leinster designated call sign (MCV).