On Thursday 2 February 2017 Glasnevin Trust and Trinity College Dublin presented the second in a series of lectures on ‘Ireland and the world after the Rising’. Michael Kennedy (RIA) will give a lecture entitled ‘Ireland and the war at sea, 1917’. Popular memory often recalls the sinking of Lusitania and Leinster off the Irish coast during World War One. But what of the wider war at sea off Ireland during the First World War? Newly discovered records from the archive of Irish Lights show a brutal maritime war fought in Ireland’s coastal seas. This lecture focused on the events of 1917 and shed light on the continuing battle between German U-boats and British and later American naval forces off Ireland’s south coast between Inistearaght and Tuskar Rock. Seen from the perspective of Lightkeepers and Lightshipmen, their accounts provide a tantalising and at times chilling account of naval warfare and its aftermath only miles from Ireland’s shores.
The lecture took place at 7pm in Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. Follow this link for information on the lecture series.