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Pictured here is a sculpture called The Spirit of Love, situated just off the N71 on the way into Bantry, co Cork. It is positioned between the cemetery on the sea.

The sculpture is a memorial to all those who lost their lives in Bantry Bay.

Being a fishing town, there have been a number of deaths in the waters of the area, but the single biggest loss of life came in 1979 with the Whiddy Island disaster, also known as the Beltelguese. The Betelguese was an oil tanker and while at dock, it exploded. The explosion and resulting fire claimed the lives of 50 people, only 27 of whom were recovered. A Dutch national lost his life in addition to this in the salvage effort.

The wording of the plaque that accompanies this monument is below

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In remembrance of thise who lost their lives in the waters of Bantry Bay.

Peace, kind reader,
Do not cry
Nor pass not, pass not quickly by
Surely we shall meet again
No more to part, no more to die.
Saviour of the mighty sea
Let us find repose in Thee

(Written by Donal Fitzgerald)

Artist's Note
This sculpture expresses the compassion of the people of Bantry and Ireland for men, women and children of all races and creeds who lost their lives in this bay.

The two figures convey love, loss, anguish, forgiveness peace, reaching, letting go.

Paddy Campbell, 2006

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