Rossnowlagh drowning tragedy recalled 50 years later

Swim tragedy recalled

Rossnowlagh drowning tragedy recalled 50 years later

The worst drownings ever to occur on Rossnowlagh beach was marked on Saturday last when the family of the victims visited the scene and placed flowers in a poignant vigil at the scene.

Three lives were lost on that fateful Saturday fifty years ago - Harry McDonnell (13), his brother Robert (12) and Sean Donoghue (13) drowned on the evening they arrived in Rossnowlagh while on holiday with a group of 45 boys from St Xavier's Orphanage in Dublin.

In a poignant but simple ceremony members of the family visited the scene of the tragedy for the first time.

See Thursday’s edition of the Donegal Democrat.

*Pictured the Donegal Democrat's report from 1966.