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The Spirit of Love - An Spiorad Geanuil

Memorial for around 400 people who died in tragedies in and around Bantry Bay.
Patrick Campbell

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Sculpture comprising a man and a woman reaching towards each other to touch hands. It is located on a promontory between Abbey Burial Ground and the sea.

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The Spirit of Love

In remembrance of those who lost their lives
in the waters of Bantry Bay

Please, kind reader, do not cry
Nor pass not, pass not quickly by
Surely we shall meet again
No more to part, no more to die
Saviour of the mighty sea
Let us find repose in Thee.
(Written by Donal Fitzgerald)

An Spiorad Geanuil

I gchuimhne iad uile a cailleadh i gGuan Baol

Síocháin ort, a leitheóir caoin
Ná gabh tharam impím ort ó'm chroí.
'Sé teacht le chéile arís mo mhian
Gan scarúint choíche, gan bhás, gan phian.
A Shlánaitheóir na mara fiáine
Go ligimís ár scíth id bhaclainn, slán.

(Scríofa ag Dónal Mac Gearailt)

Artist's note
This sculpture expresses the compassion of the people of Bantry and Ireland for men
women and children of all races and creeds who lost their lives in this bay.

The two figures convey love, loss, anguish, forgiveness, peace, reaching, letting go…

Paddy Campbell, 2006


The memorial commemorates among others:


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Location (N 51°40'38" - W 9°28'19")

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Item Code: ie192; Photograph: 16 June 2014
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