Appalling Catastrophe
in the West of Ireland

Irish Independent

Terrible Night when sea
snatched 45 in Cleggan

Connacht Tribune

Western Seaboard Thrown Into Mourning

Connacht Tribune

The Tragedy

On October 28th 1927, a hurricane struck the coast of Connemara, County Galway and destroyed a fleet of fishing boats from Rossadillisk, Cleggan and Inishbofin Island. Forty-five fishermen from these communities perished.

The Cleggan Bay Disaster is the story of that fateful night in the life of the two communities – a night that changed the course of local history. Although it is the story of one specific maritime tragedy in the west of Ireland, it is one that will strike familiar chords in small fishing communities, not only around the coast of Ireland, but anywhere that people pit their wits against weather and ocean. It will evoke particular memories in the inhabitants of Inishkea and Lacken Bay in County Mayo, for whom the night of October 28th 1927 was also one of horror and tragedy.

The author, Marie Feeney, is the granddaughter of one of the survivors. She had access to a wealth of material about the tragedy. Her personal interest has ensured readers of a story told sensitively and with sympathetic attention to detail.

A donation has been made to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in respect of the sale of this book.

The Book

Read the Foreword by Éamon Ó Cuiv, T.D. and the Introduction by Marie Feeney here.

“Marie Feeney has put together a very readable and poignant account of a terrible event, which is etched in the memory of her own family and community.” Connacht Tribune

“This is a well researched and comprehensive account of the tragedy that occurred on October 28th, 1928. The book is eminently readable, and the selection of photos from the period is excellent . . . of interest far beyond the immediate, . . .a testament to the hardships endured by the villagers in normal circumstances, exacerbated by the enormity of this tragedy. It deserves a place on every bookshelf .” Eithne Hannigan

“Marie Feeney is to be congratulated on bringing together in one book all the facts, fiction and folklore surrounding the Cleggan and North Mayo disasters of that fateful night in October 1927.” Cormac Ó Cionnaith, Mayo News

“Ms Feeney's history draws on such first-hand accounts, press reports and other records to convey the impact of the tragedy.” Lorna Siggins, Irish Times


Marie Feeney
Cleggan, Connemara, Co. Galway
Phone: +353-(0)86-404-1339

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