Nine children died when an oyster boat capsized at New Quay, Co. Clare on 29 June 1969.
The crew of the newly-blessed 'Red Bank' had offered to give locals pleasure trips around the bay and 49 people had piled onboard, overloading the boat. It sank shortly after leaving the harbour.
This RTÉ News report from the following day shows locals watching rescue attempts from the quay. Reporters Reg Cullen and Maurice O'Doherty talk to John O'Halloran, Ria Stasson and Ben Hugman about their attempts to rescue passengers. Also interviewed are Tom Bruton and Brendan Cunningham.