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Tragic Rhodes trio remembered

first_imgTwitter WhatsApp Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSfireKieran O’HanlonMayorRhodes First directly elected mayor vote could take place in 2021 Print Linkedin Claim that directly elected mayor could turn Limerick into ‘another Venezuela’ Limerick votes in favour of directly elected mayor center_img Fine Gael’s Cllr Michael Sheahan elected as new Mayor of Limerick Facebook [email protected]’s Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon is to travel to Greece this weekend for the unveiling of a plaque honouring three Limerick women who died when a fire spread through a restaurant on the Greek island of Rhodes.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has written to the family of one of the women,   commending their tireless efforts in getting the three women remembered. A memorial plaque honouring 37-year-old Theresa O’Shaughnessy from Sir Harry’s Mall, Mary Allen (40), from St Mary’s Park and Josephine Deenihan, (40), from the North Circular Road who died after a blaze broke out in the Oscar Restaurant is being unveiled this coming Sunday (25 September) by the Mayor of the Municipality of Rhodes.Last week, there was a memmorial service at city hall which was attended by members of the three families.  The friends died along with 30 other people when a blaze engulfed the restaurant on Saturday, 23 September 1972.The women had travelled to the idyllic island on holidays. In a letter to Padraig Power, nephew of Theresa O’Shaughnessy, Enda Kenny said he would like to offer his support and signal his admiration on the occasion of the unveiling of the plaque to commemorate the victims of the fire at the Oscar Restaurant on Rhodes in 1972.  He said it has been a long and difficult road for all involved and commended the tireless efforts in having the plaque erected on Rhodes. Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon said: “It is right and proper the women should be remembered.  Limerick went into mourning on hearing of their tragic deaths and their funerals were some of the biggest Limerick has ever seen.” “I feel it is a privilege that I can represent to people of Limerick at the unveiling of a memorial plaque in honour of the three women.” Theresa’s nephew Padraig Power has been the driving force behind gaining recognition for the tragedy. “We pursued it because there was no record of the event ever happening.  We felt that the women deserved some place in history and we’re very thankful to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish Embassy in Athens, who have lobbied on behalf of the families for the last three years to have them recognised so that they won’t be forgotten,” he said. NewsTragic Rhodes trio rememberedBy Bernie English – September 24, 2016 1841 Email The Right Stuff for Mayor? Previous articlePieta cycle gets underway this weekendNext articleHope for Castleconnell floods Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. To be or not to be directly elected?last_img read more