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Plaque to mark Titanic ticket office unveiled in Ballydehob

August 29th, 2019 11:50 AM

By Jackie Keogh

At the unveiling of the plaque at the former hotel premises in Ballydehob were Olivia, Veronica, Michael B and Michael Barry. (Photo: Andy Gibson)

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THE story of three women who survived the sinking of the Titanic has been commemorated with a plaque in Ballydehob.

Well-known historian Michael Barry – a relative of John Barry, who ran a ticket agency for the White Star Line at his hotel on Ballydehob’s Main Street – commissioned the plaque.

Michael was delighted to attend the event with his daughter Olivia, wife Veronica, and son Michael, especially as this particular story had a happy ending. All three women, Bridget O’Driscoll and Nancy Jermyn from Ballydehob and Mary Kelly from Co Westmeath – survived after securing a place on the ‘Collapsible D’, the last lifeboat to leave the Titanic.

The plaque honouring Ballydehob’s association with the ill-fated journey has been placed on the wall of the old hotel, which now operates as Hudson’s Wholefoods.

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