100th Anniversary of the sinking of SS Kenmare

John Macaulay GraveToday in Balrothery we remember John Macaulay and crew of SS Kenmare on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Kenmare in the Irish Sea, 2nd of March 1918.

John is buried in Balrothery Cemetery, his two un-identified crew mates were buried in Holmpatrick, Skerries and Gormanston Cemeteries.

**Please note: Our planned commemoration, for Sat 2nd March,  has been rescheduled for Sat 10th March due to adverse weather.


List of those lost.

Capt. Peter Blacklock, master (married), 9. Park View, Victoria Road, Cork
Robert Johnstone, 2nd mate, 1 Grattan Hill, Cork
Thomas Murphy, 1st engineer (married), 37 Oriel, Bootle, Liverpool
Thomas Ogle, 2nd engineer, 10 Kenilworth Street, Bootle, Liverpool
Allen Shaw, 3rd engineer, 36 Woodbine Road, Tartown, Huddersfield
John Keenan, greaser (married), 138 Barrackton, Cork
Patrick Corcoran, greaser (married), 3 Clahane cottages, Lower Road, Cork
William Lyons, fireman, 18 Dillon’s Cross, St Lukes, Cork
John Driscoll, fireman, 24 Tower Street, Cork
Michael Coleman, fireman (married), Gt. Wm. O’Brien Street, Cork
James Fitzgerald, trimmer, 274 Old Youghal Road, Cork
Michael Ahern, trimmer. 7 Glen View, Dillon’s Cross, Cork
Robert McLoughlin, A.B. Vennel Street, Glenarm, Antrim
John O’ Keefe, A.B. Ballinure, Blacklock, Cork
Geoffrey Grant, Q.M., 8 Victoria Road, Cork
Stephen Bowen, Q.M., 4 Harrington Row, Cork
Michael Delea, A.B. (married). 61 Dominick Street, Cork
Patrick Fennesy, A.B. (married), 51 Hibernian Buildings, Cork
Percival McCartie, A.B., Langford Place, Cork
William Moore, A.B., (married), 7 Corporation Buildings, Cork
John Good, A.B., 8 Fort Street, Cork
Oscar Kemp, Cook, 9 Boreenmana Road, Cork
Albert Edward Aston, gunner, Birmingham
John Macaulay, gunner, Islivig, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
E. McNamara, cattleman, Walsh’s Avenue, Blackpool, Cork
D. Sullivan, Cattleman, Spring Lane, Blackpool, Cork
W. Hartnett, cattleman, 56 Watercourse Road, Cork

Commemoration 100th Anniversary SS Kenmare

Commemoration for John Macaulay and crew of SS Kenmare


On 2nd of March 1918 the SS Kenmare, belonging to City of Cork Steam Packet Co. Ltd, sailing from Liverpool to Cork, was torpedoed by a German U-Boat about 60 km northeast of Skerries, North County Dublin. Six  members of the crew survived but twenty-nine perished.

The sea only gave up three of the missing crew, their remains were found a few weeks later on Balbriggan, Gormanston and Skerries beaches.

John MacaulayOf those found, one could only be identified by a letter in his pocket, this was Leading deck hand John Macaulay, Royal Navy Reserve, from Islivig, Isle of Lewis, Scotland.Headstone

John was buried in Balrothery Cemetery with full military honours on 18th of March 1918 with Coast Guard, Navy, R.I.C. and Military in attendance. Another unknown crew member was also buried in Skerries on the same day.

On Saturday 3rd of March 2018 at 12 noon, the Community of Balrothery will hold a commemoration for John Macaulay and his crewmates to mark the 100th Anniversary of sinking of the SS Kenmare.

Members of John’s family from Isle of Lewis, Scotland are travelling over to attend.

All welcome to attend.

Military Funeral at Balrothery MF Adjusted

The funeral of John Macaulay 18th of March 1918, Balrothery Cemetery.


Balrothery Community Association, Balrothery Graveyard Committee, Balrothery Heritage Ltd

Contact: patrick.hickey@balrothery.com, 086 8291947

martin.fanning@balrothery.com, 087 2075799







Gardening for wildlife

Gardening for wildlife

Balbriggan and district Horticultural Society are holding a gardening talk  “Gardening for wildlife” by Dominica Mc kevitt head gardener Ardgillan Castle. Dominica will include plants that will encourage bees to visit your garden.



The talk will take place on Thursday the 15th February at 8:30 pm in the Scouts Den Market Green Balbriggan beside Lidl. Admission €4, For more information Tel 087 7520506