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Centenary of HMS Racoon sinking is marked

By Aine McAuley

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of World War One destroyer HMS Racoon off the Donegal coast has been marked with an event in Ballycastle.

The vessel went down near Malin Head on January 9, 1918, with the loss of 91 people on board.

Some of those who perished were laid to rest in the ancient graveyard at Bonamargy Friary outside Ballycastle.

The memorial was organised by the Ballycastle branch of the Royal British Legion.

Among those in attendance were relations of William Henry McKay, a Stoker 1st Class on HMS Racoon who was buried at Bonamargy after the disaster.

Causeway Coast and Glens Mayor Joan Baird laid a wreath during the event.

Speaking afterwards she said: "A century has passed since our shores became the final resting place for these men, and this ceremony serves as another poignant reminder of World War One's local legacy."

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