Belfast Telegraph

Mayor of Dublin leads tributes to Belfast dockers of yesteryear

By Allan Preston

The mayor of Dublin has paid tribute to Belfast dock workers at an event celebrating maritime heritage outside the city’s port.

At the Mission to Seafarers in Belfast yesterday, Lord Mayor Micheal Mac Donncha noted the difficult and sometimes fatal conditions many dock workers had faced in the last century.

“The experience of dock workers and their families in Belfast and Dublin are virtually identical,” he said.

“The very difficult working conditions that the men had, the risks to health and safety and life on the docks over many years.”

Liam McBrinn of the Shared History Interpretive Project (SHIP) has helped to launch a range of new educational material on the subject.

“In the early days, it wasn’t an easy journey to come to Dock Street corner and stand in a crowd to be picked for a job,” Mr McBrinn said.

“If you weren’t picked you stood there until lunchtime to go through the same action.”

Significant names celebrated from the last century include Sailortown native John Quinn, a trade unionist and docker who sailed aboard the Titanic before he was paid off in Southampton.

His great-granddaughters Anne Hunter-Collins and Nichola Hunter were among those attending yesterday to mark the event.

Belfast Telegraph

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