The President Mr Michael Higgins unveiled a new sea memorial at Skerries on
Sunday 30 September 2013. The memorial consists of a refurbished rocket
rescue team practice pole used by the Coastguard service to train for rescue
of sailors from ships stranded offshore.
More than 300 plaques naming the victims of shipwrecks and drownings from
Clogherhead to Lambay are placed on the surround wall of the former
bandstand with the pole in the centre. Children are encouraged to climb the
pole which has been shortned and the ground covered with a safety rubber
coating. This activity was part of Summer holiday amusement in former years
and was remembered fondly by locals and visitors.
The initative and design was the work of Shane Holland a Fingal designer.
The launch event commenced with a fly past by the Coastguard rescue
helicopter. There was music provided by choirs and a piper before the
president’s speech concluding with a fly past by an Air Corps Casa.
Representatives of maritime organisations attended.