Minute of silence to mark Leinster centenary
Dublin, Wednesday 10th October: An Post staff nationwide will observe a minute’s silence at 9.50 am this morning (Wednesday), in memory of their postal colleagues who lost their lives aboard the RMS Leinster 100 years ago on 10th October, 1918.
Whether delivering or sorting mail or serving customers at Post Office counters, over 9,000 post office staff will pause to remember the 21 postal sorters who were among more than 500 people killed when the RMS Leinster was torpedoed by a German submarine and sank within sight of Dun Laoghaire. The sinking of the Leinster was the greatest tragedy of either World War on Irish soil or in Irish waters. The postal staff were at work in the ship’s mailroom when tragedy struck.
An Post will also issue a commemorative stamp, to be unveiled at the official State commemoration event in Dun Laoghaire this morning. It features a painting by Irish artist Brian Palm with a special First Day Cover envelope (FDC). Both will be available at irishstamps.ie in Dublin’s GPO and main post offices nationwide.
An Post has commissioned a special performance at Dun Laoghaire’s Pavilion Theatre in which the story of the RMS Leinster will be remembered through music and dramatised readings.