This lecture by John Cunningham (NUI Galway) is presented by the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society in conjunction with the Moore Institute at NUI Galway.
On Monday 13th November 1876, a hooker, the St Patrick, with a crew of four fishermen, set sail from the Claddagh towards Slyne Head. That night a tremendous storm carried the vessel 150 miles out into the Atlantic, where four days later, three survivors were rescued by a passing Swedish vessel and taken to America. Their families and neighbours had already given them all up for dead. The lecture will trace the travails of the crew of the St Patrick – Michael Moran, Patrick Moran, John Moran and Michael Smyth – and consider circumstances in the Claddagh community to which they belonged.