Michael Quinn D.S.M., Branch,
Irish Naval Association.

The Annual Michael Quinn DSM Commemoration took place on Sunday 23rd January at the memorial in Drogheda following a three year Covid imposed hiatus.

The branch was joined by members of the Drogheda and Slane ONE, the Royal Naval Association and several other organisations as well as members of the Quinn family and the people of Drogheda.

Uniformed members paraded in a bitter wind under the orders of Parade Commander Michael Johnson and a Colour Party of Gerry Mulligan and Perter Durnin marched our Colours on parade.

Secretary Paudy Mc Caughey briefly outlined the unfortunate events that led to tragedy and heroism on that night in January 1990.

Terry Cummins then led the dignified laying of three wreaths at the L/S Michael Quinn DSM plaque, followed by a minute’s silence.

ONE member Mark Newman sounded the Last Post & Reveille which brought a distinguished and solemn atmosphere to the occasion. The Colours marched off and the parade was dismissed.

Despite the cold wind blowing up the river Boyne many of those present lingered and chatted and most agreed it was great to see this important commemoration restored, and that it was an memorial occasion of great integrity.

The Quinn family represented by Michael’s sister Angela and her husband Joachim joined members in The Mariner for a most welcome hot drink and biscuits.

As per our meetings the first post-Covid event was “low key” and it was felt that next year a wider list of invitees should be issued.

With special thanks to Sean Brennan whose photographs below accompany this report.

The INA Wreath put together by our colleague Sean Brennan
L/S Michael Quinn's Sister Angela with Sean Brennan