Senate Delegation Lays Wreath At Air India Memorial Site In Ireland

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OTTAWA – A parliamentary delegation to Ireland, composed of the Noël A.  Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate Lowell Murray, P.C., George Furey and Michael MacDonald, laid a wreath for the victims of the Air India bombing of June 23, 1985, and paid their respects at the memorial site located in Ahakista, Cork, Ireland.

Shortly after the tragic event, many relatives flew from India and Canada and travelled by bus along the southwest coast of Ireland to be closest to the place where the aircraft carrying their loved ones was destroyed. It was at the remote location of Ahakista that people gathered to throw wreaths into the sea in their memory.

A memorial garden was created near this small village, located on the beautiful Sheeps Head peninsula. The local community and families of those who were lost in the terrorist attack still come together each year to mourn and remember the 329 victims.

“Canadians were deeply saddened and will never forget the men, women and children who were the victims of Canada’s worst terrorist attack, nor will we forget the suffering of their families,” said Speaker Kinsella.