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Service of Remembrance takes place on Rathlin Island

Officers of the PSNI participating in the Remembrance Service on Rathlin Island

Officers of the PSNI participating in the Remembrance Service on Rathlin Island

Photos: McAuley Multimedia


A poignant Service of Remembrance took place on Sunday (19th November), on Rathlin Island, County Antrim.


The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Deputy Mayor Margaret Ann McKillop and Alderman Yvonne Boyle from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, joined veterans of Ballycastle Royal British Legion (RBL), officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), representatives of the Royal Navy, along with members of the local community.



The annual Service is one of the last to be held each year in County Antrim.


Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Margaret Ann McKillop lay a wreath on Rathlin Island.

Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Margaret Ann McKillop lay a wreath on Rathlin Island.


Mayor Steven Callaghan and Deputy Mayor Margaret Ann McKillop took part in a wreath laying ceremony and attended the Remembrance Service which was held at St Thomas' Parish Church on the island, which honoured and remembered all those who lost their lives in many conflicts over the years.


Commenting after the special event the borough's mayor, Cllr Steven Callaghan said:


“It’s important to take time to reflect on the sacrifices that so many people have made in the name of others.



"Remembrance Day services were held throughout Causeway Coast and Glens on Sunday, last Sunday where communities honoured the great sacrifice the service men and women of the Borough have made to protect others."


On the journey to Rathlin Island, he also laid a biodegradable wreath at sea to commemorate HMS Drake.


HMS Drake

HMS Drake


The World War One cruiser was torpedoed by a German submarine U-79 after her Convoy HH24 had dispersed, with the loss of 18 lives, on 2 October, 1917.


The vessel sank about five miles off Rathlin Island, County Antrim.

Commander Rob Milligan, Royal Navy, lays a wreath at sea at HMS Drake site at Church Bay, Rathlin Island.

Commander Rob Milligan, Royal Navy, lays a wreath at sea at HMS Drake site at Church Bay, Rathlin Island.

Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan lays a wreath at sea on his way to Rathlin Island Remembrance Service.



Police were honoured to attend the RBL service of Remembrance at Rathlin Island and lay a wreath on behalf of the PSNI.

Police were honoured to attend the RBL service of Remembrance at Rathlin Island and lay a wreath on behalf of the PSNI.

Eric Wilson on board the Spirit of Rathlin boat at HMS Drake site.

Eric Wilson on board the Spirit of Rathlin boat at HMS Drake site.

Adrian Millar at the Service of Remembrance on Rathlin Island.

Adrian Millar at the Service of Remembrance on Rathlin Island.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan alongside Baroness Kate Hoey, Earl of Antrim Randel McDonell representing His Majesty the King and James McCurdy, Chairperson of Ballycastle Royal British Legion.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan alongside Baroness Kate Hoey, Earl of Antrim Randel McDonell representing His Majesty the King and James McCurdy, Chairperson of Ballycastle Royal British Legion.



Remembrance Service in St Thomas Parish Church, Rathlin.

Remembrance Service in St Thomas Parish Church, Rathlin.

Sgt Wendy McConnell of the PSNI at the Remembrance Service, held in St Thomas’ Parish Church Rathlin.

Sgt Wendy McConnell of the PSNI at the Remembrance Service, held in St Thomas’ Parish Church Rathlin.

Reverend Martin giving a sermon at the Remembrance Service on Rathlin Island.

Reverend Martin giving a sermon at the Remembrance Service on Rathlin Island.



Remembrance Service on Rathlin Island

Remembrance Service on Rathlin Island

Remembrance Service on Rathlin Island

Remembrance Service on Rathlin Island

Councillor Yvonne Boyle listening intently to the sermon given at the Remembrance Service on Rathlin Island.

Councillor Yvonne Boyle listening intently to the sermon given at the Remembrance Service on Rathlin Island.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan alongside the bugler Adrian Millar and Mark Heaney from Bushmills Royal British Legion.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan alongside the bugler Adrian Millar and Mark Heaney from Bushmills Royal British Legion.

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