Memorial: M5078

Memorial stone at Dunlicka Castle, Dunlicka Road, Kilkee, County Clare commemorating six Atlantic Ocean Rowers and one Pacific Ocean Rower lost at sea between 1966 to 2001.

Location

Dunlicka Castle, Dunlika Road, Kilkee, County Clare, Republic of Ireland

Transcript

THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED IN HONOUR OF / OCEAN ROWERS WHO WERE LOST AT SEA / DAVID JOHNSTONE AND JOHN HOARE ROWING TOGETHER / WEST TO EAST FROM VIRGINIA BEACH (USA) IN 1966 / KENNETH KERR ROWING SOLO WEST TO EAST / FROM ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND (CANADA) IN 1980 / EUGENE SMURGIS ROWING EAST TO WEST FROM LONDON (ENGLAND) IN 1993 / PETER BIRD ROWING SOLO WEST TO EAST FROM NAKHODKA (RUSSIA) IN 1996 / NENAD BELIC ROWING SOLO WEST TO EAST / FROM CAPE CODE (USA) IN 2001 AND THOSE BOAT ‘LUN’ / WAS RECOVERED OFF THIS HEADLAND IN NOV 2001.

IS MAIRG A BHAITEAR / IN AM AN ANAITHE / MAR GO DTAGANN AN GHRIAN / I NDIAIDH NA FEARTHAINNE

PITY THE DROWNED IN TIME OF STORM / FOR THE SUN COMES / WHEN THE RAIN IS GONE.

Details

Description: Four-ton chunk of local limestone, resembling a wave, engraved with names of the deceased. The inscription has relief carvings of a sun and smooth rocks.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Limestone

People

Belic, Nenad
Age: 62
Date of Death: 3/2001
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ocean rower
Organisation: Unknown
Bird, Peter
Age: 49
Date of Death: 2/6/1996
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ocean rower
Organisation: Unknown
Hoare, John
Age: 29
Date of Death: 3/9/1966
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ocean rower
Organisation: Unknown
Johnstone, David
Age: 34
Date of Death: 3/9/1966
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ocean rower
Organisation: Unknown
Kerr, Kenneth
Age: 28
Date of Death: c.16/9/1980
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ocean rower
Organisation: Unknown
Smurgis, Eugene
Age: 55
Date of Death: 15/11/1993
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ocean rower
Organisation: Unknown
Wilson, Andrew
Age: 22
Date of Death: 1981
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ocean rower
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: To commemorate seven men lost in attempting to row the Atlantic, six by the west to east, northern route and one by the east to west: David Johnstone and John Hoare (GB), Kenneth Kerr (GB), Andrew Wilson (GB), Eugene Smurgis (Russia), Peter Bird (GB), Nenad Belic (US).

The memorial was unveiled on 22 March 2003.
Bibliography: Jonathan Gornall 'Lost but not forgotten', 'Times' 20 March 2003.

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