Sadlier family back memorial for Titanic victim

Members of the Sadlier family from around the globe have been in touch with the Leitrim Observer following our bid to highlight the loss of Co Leitrim’s only victim on Titanic.

Members of the Sadlier family from around the globe have been in touch with the Leitrim Observer following our bid to highlight the loss of Co Leitrim’s only victim on Titanic.

A great grand niece of Matthew Sadlier, has been in contact with our reporter from her home in Co Meath, as has a descendent of Matthew’s cousin, now residing in Washington, USA.

Sadly, much of Matthew’s family either emigrated or moved to other parts of Ireland over the last 100 years so there are no direct descendents remaining in Mohill and little is left of the family homestead in which Matthew grew up near the Lough Rynn estate.

A local youth group is now planning a fundraising drive in a bid to erect a memorial to Matthew, who was only 19 when he perished on Titanic. Matthew’s remains were never recovered.

“It is wonderful that a memorial would be erected to my grand uncle,” said Syliva Strong, a great grand niece of Matthew.

“When I was growing up I was told that my grandmother’s brother had left Ireland on the Titanic to go out to family and died, but we knew very little else about him and we have no photos of him.

“I think a memorial is a wonderful way to remember him and I know that my family would love to come to Mohill for its unveiling.”