Seven Irish, one Briton and 42 French died when the Betelguese went on fire at Whiddy Island in Co Cork in 1979 while a Dutch diver died later during the salvage operation to bring the death toll to 51. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

A group representing the relatives of the 51 people who perished in the Betelgeuse Disaster in West Cork 40 years ago have urged people to support the(...)

Explosion at the Gulf Oil terminal at Whiddy Island, Bantry, Co Cork, in which 51 people died as the French tanker The Betelgeuse unloaded its cargo. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Michael Kingston had just celebrated his fourth birthday the day before his father, Tim, was killed in the Whiddy Island terminal disaster on January (...)