Recalling the events of a seaside trip that ended in tragedy when a railway accident killed eighty eight people.

On 12 June 1889, a train travelling to Warrenpoint crashed killing 88 people and injuring four hundred. Those on board were on a day excursion organised by the Abbey Street Methodist Church in Armagh. 

They were on a day excursion costing ten pence.

A light engine, number 86, was provided from Dundalk for the trip. After some heated discussions about the engine's capabilities, the packed train left fifteen minutes late. Coming to a halt at the top of a hill three miles from Armagh the train split and nine carriages with 900 passengers ran back down the slope and into an oncoming train heading for Newry. 

Both collided at an embankment at Collooney.

Damien Woods, author of 'The Fateful Day', a book about the incident, describes the events as they unfolded.

The disaster did, however, bring about some improvements in railway operations. Roger Weatherup, Armagh County Museum Curator, explains how the accident led to the introduction of compulsory safety standards. 

The Armagh church has commemorated the dead with a flower festival and the dedication of a roll of honour at a special service organised by the local minister Hamilton Skillen. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 August 1989. The reporter is Michael Fisher.