Calls for Fingal monument to honour the Rescue 116 heroes

by Sylvia Pownall
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A monument to honour the four coastguard heroes lost on a rescue mission last year is being considered for location in Fingal.

Father-of-three Ciaran Smith, from Oldtown, was among the crew on the Rescue 116 helicopter which went down off the Mayo coast in March 2017.

Last week, Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF) raised the issue of a lasting tribute to Ciaran and his colleagues and said the council should make it a priority for 2019.

He said: “Ciaran was a very proud Fingallian, originally from Swords, who made his life in Oldtown with his wife Martina and his three young children.

“Remembering his parents and his brother and sister as well who were devastated in terms of not only losing a son, a husband and a brother, but also the daily tragedy of his remains never being recovered and, please God, some day they will.

“My hope here is that in collaboration with the Irish Coastguard, the local authority and the family, it would be fitting for Fingal County Council to recognise Ciaran’s remarkable bravery in terms of giving his life to save others.”

The bodies of captain Dara Fitzpatrick and co-pilot Mark Duffy were recovered after their Sikorsky S-92 came down close to Black Rock Island in bad weather on March 14 last year.

The remains of winchman Ciaran Smith (38), and winch operator Paul Ormsby, from Ballyfermot, remain lost at sea.

Earlier this year, family, friends and colleagues took part in a charity cycle in memory of Ciaran – a keen cyclist and member of Wild Geese GAA Club.

Cllr Cathal Boland (Ind) seconded the motion for a lasting tribute. He said: “The contribution that these men and women make to their community is phenomenal.

“This council should take this opportunity to create something memorable … a lasting tribute to Ciaran and his legacy.”

The motion was passed and the local authority will now consider how best to honour the four fallen crew.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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