Earlier the mine had been towed in by canvas curragh, and beached on an ebbing tide. People gathered around waiting for the tide to go out so that the barrel like object could be examined as to what it might contain. It suddenly exploded, killing all present except Joe Hughie Ó Fátharta, who hid behind a rock and survived to tell the tale.
The terrible tragedy will be remembered over a weekend of events, beginning on Thursday 15 June, exactly 100 years to the day of the tragedy, when Mass will be celebrated at the site of the explosion by two priests from the locality.
On the following day, drama company Fíbín will stage a dramatic reconstruction of the explosion, at An Trá Mhór, Indreabhán.
The weekend will conclude with the unveiling of a memorial stone inside the main gate of Bohermore Cemetery, Galway, where the fragments of the remains of those killed in the explosion were buried in an unmarked grave in the paupers’ plot.
The weekend is being organised under the auspices of Cumann Forbartha Chois Fharraige, the local community development committee and has received support from Údarás na Gaeltachta, Roinn na Gaeltachta and Comhar Creidmheasa Cholmcille, Indreabhán to improve access to the site of the monumental stone, which records the victims’ names.
Further information on the weekend of commemoration can be found on the website www.coisfharraige.ie or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.