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Group from Ireland travel to Isle of Man to remember sinking of ship torpedoed in WW1

The group who travelled from Dublin pictured with Education Minister, Graham Cregeen MHK (back left). Photo: Marie Agnew

A group of people have paid their respects 100 years on from the sinking of a ship which was torpedoed and sank near the Isle of Man.

Members of the SS Dundalk Commemorative Committee boarded an Isle of Man ferry from Dublin to lay a wreath over the wreck of the SS Dundalk, which sank on 14 October 1918 during World War One.

The purpose was to highlight the connection of the Isle of Man with the sinkings of the SS Dundalk and the RMS Leinster (sunk on 10 October 1918) in the context of plans to make the centenaries of both sinkings in October of this year.

The group visited the graves of three soldiers who died on the RMS Leinster, whose bodies were washed ashore and buried in Douglas.

The group paying respects to soldiers who died after the sinking of the RMS Lenister. Credit: ITV Granada

The group also visited areas along the West coast of the island, where some unidentified people on the ship were found.

Anne Howard's grandfather was the captain of the SS Dundalk, and hopes to trace family related to a Steam Packet Company hero - Captain Kelly.

He helped save drowning soldiers during the sinking, and Anne hopes to hear from any of his family who may live on the Isle of Man.

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