Forty seven years ago today, nine children lost their lives tragically in New Quay as an oyster boat capsized.
The crew of the newly-blessed ‘Red Bank’ had offered to give locals pleasure trips around the bay. On its final trip 49 people had piled onboard, overloading the boat. It sank shortly after leaving the harbour.
The drownings devastated a community where nearly every family lost a neighbour or loved one.
A news report from the time is available from the RTÉ Archives.