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Ahakista, Ireland

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The site of the Air India memorial in Ahakista, Ireland, was chosen by relatives of the victims, seeking the closest spot on land to where Air India Fight 182 crashed.
The Ahakista memorial was unveiled on June 23, 1986, at the first anniversary of the bombing. It consists of a garden, a sundial, and a rounded stone wall inscribed with the names of each person who died.

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The sundial was sculpted by Cork sculptor Ken Thompson and donated by the people of Canada, India, and Ireland, and is accompanied by a plaque, stating “Memorial: To all those who died in 1985. Erected by the people of Canada, India & Ireland.”

On the dial itself, the sun hits at the exact time of the explosion, 13 minutes past 7. This memorial has been the site of annual commemorative gatherings attended by Air India 182 families and friends, and Irish locals.


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On June 23, 2005, prior to the construction of official memorials in Canada, then-Prime Minister Paul Martin made the first appearance by a Canadian PM at the annual memorial service in Ahakista, Ireland. On the same day, June 23rd was declared Canada’s new ‘‘National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.’’

This information was drawn from Ahakista Air India Plane Disaster Memorial. Read the original article. Download Article Here.