You are cordially invited to join descendants of crew-members, along with local heritage and community organisations, to commemorate and remember the loss of two ships that have a strong historical association with Dublin Port and the Docklands area.
In December 1917, two merchant ships - the SS Hare and the SS Adela were torpedoed by German U-boats and were lost in the Irish sea during the First World War. Thirty-six lives were lost on the 14th December and 27th of December 1917, an awful tragedy for their families, but also having a huge impact on the Dublin Docklands community, where many of these victims resided and worked. Several crew members survived and they too are equally deserving of our remembrance. These individuals have never been forgotten by their families but their stories need to be told to a wider audience.
It is only right and proper that one hundred years on the Docklands communities with the support of Dublin City Council, Dublin Port Company and others take the initiative to remember and commemorate these two Ships and all who sailed with them on their last and final journeys.
Our commemoration event will take place on Saturday 30th September 2017, assembling from 12.30 p.m. for a 1.00 p.m. start at the at the Dublin City Council’s Offices (the former DDAA Offices) on Custom House Quay near the Sean O'Casey Bridge (North Side) and opposite ‘The CHQ Building’. A commemorative plaque will be unveiled here to the SS Hare while also remembering the role the Ship played in 1913 with the bringing of much needed food supplies to the families of the striking workers during the ‘Great Lockout’.
Afterwards, we will proceed across the River Liffey where a second commemorative plaque will be unveiled to the SS Adela at the Campshire Buildings close to the Ship’s original berth on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay. These commemorative plaque unveilings will be officiated by Ardmhéara and Honorary Admiral of Dublin Port, Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha (The Lord Mayor of Dublin City).
We will then adjourn to the nearby Clayton Hotel, off Cardiff Lane (around the corner from Sir John Rogerson’s Quay) for the launch of a once off commemorative booklet and exhibition panels to mark this very historic and special occasion. This will be officiated by Ms. Lucy McCaffrey, the Chairperson of Dublin Port Company. Light refreshments will be served.
All are welcome to this important commemoration, as the citizens of Dublin pay a respectful tribute to the memory of those Mercantile Marine members who showed such bravery and determination and who put their lives at risk bringing much needed supplies back and forth across the Irish Sea to sustain this City in a time of conflict and who became innocent victims of war.
Hoping to see you there on the day!
On the behalf of The Adela-Hare Centenary Commemoration Committee.
The Adela-Hare Centenary Commemoration Committee,
c/o 114-116 St. Andrew’s Resource Centre,
Mobile No.: 086-4089611
Promotional Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH-Oqfh_Uy8
Supported by: Dublin City Council Decade of Commemorations Fund