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  Cape Clear Island to take part in Centenary Anniversary Celebrations of Titanic

Next April 12th 2012 the 100th year anniversary of the Titanic's doomed maiden voyage from Cobh will be celebrated with a series of events along the West Cork coast from Kinsale to Beara, starting at 2.30 pm, the time the Titanic departed Cobh on her fateful trip. Cape Clear Island has agreed to take part together with the other coastal communities and appropriately, given the spirit and traditions of the Island this will take the form of a fire beacon to be lighted close to the Old Lighthouse and Signal Station. The Fastnet Rock was known as 'Ireland's Teardrop' as it was the last part of Ireland seen by many emigrants sailing from Cobh to the New World but Cape Clear Island was the last inhabited part seen from the passing liners and when Islanders were emigrating, their family and friends would light a beacon at the precise time the ship was due to pass the Island. It is said that for many Cape Clear Islanders the last tearful sight of Ireland as they sailed away was the fire burning on the Island lit by friendly and familiar hands as a final farewell to their loved ones. More information at

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