With the bombings in Boston earlier this week still freshly on my mind, it led me to think of a few photographs I captured just a few weeks back. The cross monument you see in these photos stands near our house here in Indreabhán (or Inverin) Connemara. It marks the spot where nine Galway fishermen were killed by a floating German mine which had washed ashore at this location. Here's the story as it appeared in The Morning Olympian (Olympia, Washington, USA) on the 19th of July, 1917:
Galway Fishermen Killed by Barrel
Galway, Ireland, July 18 - Nine Galway fishermen were blown to pieces a few days ago while examining a German "barrel mine" which they had found at sea and towed ashore. Irish fishermen have made lately a great many lucky hauls of barrels containing petrol, tallow, oils, and similar treasures, supposedly from torpedoed ships. This time they saw a promising-looking barrel afloat some distance from land, with a convenient handle on each side, and they promptly towed it ashore, rolling it up on the beach for examination. Four men were in the boat, and six more gathered around while the prize was on the beach. One man, Joseph, had a suspicion of danger, and warned the others, but they paid no attention to him, and he hid himself behind a rock. One of the fishermen removed a couple of screws from the head of the barrel, and then began to pull out a piece of cord. The explosion which followed was heard miles away, and shook houses four miles distant. After a time O'Flaherty, who had been wounded in the head with a piece of stone, stood up, but not a trace of the mine or the men was to be seen. There was only a great hole in the beach. Searchers found a portion of the fishermen's boat nearly a mile away. A small boy whose attention was attracted to the group of men on the shore, was running toward them just as the mine exploded. One of his arms was afterwards found near his home, but there was no other trace of him.