Friday, October 2, 2015

Saturday Snapshot

September 2015 - Cobh Ireland

We visited the Cobh Heritage Centre and I was intrigued by these bonnets and found out the following.
Click here for the highlights of our day.

In 2013 a Blessing of the Bonnets' took place at the St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, County Cork. Bonnets will be blessed. After the service,the bonnets were taken through Cobh to the Cobh Heritage Centre where the bonnets remain as a permanent installation. 150 bonnets representing the women aboard the ill-fated ship the 'Neva' and their 34 babies and children. Only 6 of these women survived as also did 9 crew (including the captain).

The Neva sailed from Cobh on the 8 January 1835 bound for New South Wales, Australia. It was shipwrecked off the coast of King Island Tasmania on the 13 May 1835. 150 female convicts and their 34 children faced drowning. Only six of the women aboard and ten of the 26 crew survived the ordeal. The women who survived were Ellen Galvin from Limerick, Rose Ann Hyland from County Down, Mary Slattery from County Kerry, Rose Ann Dunn from County Cavan,
Ann Cullen from County Laois (formerly Queens County) and Margaret Drury from County Roscommon.

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