Plassy 50th Anniversary Commemorative Festival.
50 Years ago ,early on the morning of the 8th March 1960, the Plassy went aground on the Carraig na Finnise reef off Inis Oirr. All 11 crew were rescued by the Islanders and the Coast Rescue Service using ropes and a Breeches Buoy in rough conditions. The ship was moved in subsequent storms onto the Island itself.
The official opening of the commemorative events began last night on Inis Oirr with the exhibition of photographs of the rescue taken by John Messenger, a photographer who was staying on the Island at the time.
The last surviving member of crew , Mike Tobin, was present , and spoke about the rescue. He demonstrated getting into the Breeches Buoy that took him from the ship onto shore 50 years ago.
A TG4 documentary film on the Plassy was also shown in Aras Eanna.
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