Thursday, June 29, 2017

Air India disaster victims are remembered in Cork

Schoolchildren and representatives of the emergency services were among those who took part in the recent annual memorial service for the 1985 Air India flight disaster.

Organised by Finbarr Archer, the service took place at the grave of Annu and Rena Alexander, a mother and daughter killed in the crash.

Some 329 people died when the flight from Canada was blown up in midair and the wreckage crashed into the Atlantic off the southern coast.

The Alexanders were the only victims buried in Ireland.

Annu’s husband and son were also on the plane but their bodies were never found and there was no other family to bury Annu and Renu.

Mr Archer was involved in the recovery efforts in 1985 and has been caring for their graves, in St Michael’s cemetery in Mahon, ever since.

Children from Gaelscoil Mhachan sang and played music at the ceremony. Lieutenant Claire Murphy attended on behalf of the Naval Service and Sergeant Major Jerry Dinneen from the Army, while the Irish UN Veterans were represented by Patsy Dinneen.
28/06/17 Evening Echo