Maritime memorial plan for Baltimore

Maritime memorial plan for Baltimore

Baltimore’s maritime history would be marked with a memorial to those lost at sea. Picture: Richard Mills

Local people in Baltimore are set to be consulted on the possibility of erecting a memorial dedicated to those who have lost their lives at sea.

The proposal to erect a seafarer’s memorial in the West Cork village was made by local Fine Gael councillor Karen Coakley at the recent meeting of the West Cork Municipal district held in Dunmanway.

Cllr Coakley said that the green in Baltimore would be an ideal location for such a monument.

She suggested that it could be dedicated to seafarers lost at sea from right across the fishing and maritime communities of West Cork.

According to council officials, three other proposals have also been made to make use of the last major green area in the village, and local people would need to be widely consulted on the various options before any decision could be made.

Cllr Coakley said that it would make sense to have one centrally located memorial of this type that could represent the sacrifice of fishing and maritime communities right across the region.

She said that a similar monument had been erected in Dunmore East in Co Waterford.

Cllr Coakley said: “A lot of people have lost loved ones at sea and this would be an appropriate place for a memorial garden, somewhere for people to come and remember those close to them from across West Cork.

“Of course, we would need to consult local people first to see if this is something they feel would be suited to the green in Baltimore.”

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