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People of Cork remembered victims on 36th anniversary of Air India plane disaster

CORK: The people of Cork remembered the victims of the 1985 Air India bombing in a virtual ceremony yesterday, the 36th anniversary of the terrorist attack off the west coast of Cork.

Flight 182 from Montreal to New Delhi was blown up by a bomb about 160km off the Irish coast. The horrific explosion killed all 329 passengers on board, including 22 Indians, more than 80 children, and crew.

The memorial ceremony, which usually takes place at the Memorial Garden in Ahakista, West Cork, was forced to take place online due to international travel restrictions.

The Memorial Garden at Ahakista is dedicated to all those who died on the Air India flight. It is a cherished spot for victims’ relatives to visit and remember their loved ones.

Cork County Mayor Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, Canadian Ambassador Nancy Smith, and Indian Ambassador Sandeep Kumar, as well as Dr. Padmini Turlapati, mother of victims Sanjay and Deepak Turlapati, attended the online commemoration.

On the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the terrorist attack, the Cork County Council and the Embassies of India and Canada laid wreaths at Ahakista on behalf of the victims’ families and their respective countries.

Coláiste Pobail Bheanntra principal Marian Carey laid a wreath on behalf of the school. Rusnacahara National School students performed a musical recital.

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