RMS Leinster

On October 10th I918, R.M.S. Leinster was attacked by a German Submarine, just off the coast of Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

It was carrying over 700 passengers. Only 256 people were rescued. The R.M.S. Leinster belonged to the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company, which carried passengers and mail between Ireland and Wales.

During the conflict the Irish Sea was the scene of much U-Boat activity, and the Germans had made several attempts to sink boats of the mail service before this. My great-aunt Elizabeth Healy, of Tralee, (my grandfather Matthew Healy's sister) was travelling on that mail boat, on that day, and was one of those who perished on that boat. She was twenty years old.

This is the only known picture of her, taken shortly before she made that fateful journey.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Healy


Elizabeth was born in Tralee, in I899.

We know she is buried in Rath Cemetery, Tralee, possibly in the older Healy Family Plot. I am working just now, on finding out, where exactly, her final resting place is. Family history, tells me, she was brought back to Tralee, for burial, together, with two other Tralee people, The Galvin Sisters, and that all three were buried on the same day, at Rath.

A Memorial to the RMS Leinster can be seen just in from the Pier in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, It consists of one of the Anchors of the Vessel.

Thank you to the web site of the

The National Maritime Museum of Ireland
Haigh Terrace,
Dun Laoghaire.

for the information, on RMS Leinster.

Read all about the RMS Leinster here: http://www.rmsleinster.com/

I am most greatful to Mick Merigan, and Paul Maher, for all your help in gathering the information, on this tragedy.

"To Remember your loved ones who have passed on"
"Is to honour them"