B3ASiwUs_400x4007 May 2015 marks the centenary of the sinking of the Cunard liner Lusitania, which was torpedoed by the German submarine U-20 off the coast of Cork and sank with the loss of 1,198 people. On Friday 8 May at 11am a special mass was celebrated to commemorate the sinking of the Lusitania at St Benedict’s Priory, The Mount, Cobh. In 1915 this was the Admiralty House and signal station for Cork Harbour. A second commemorative mass was held in St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, at 12pm on Sunday 10 May to mark the centenary anniversary of the funeral of Lusitania victims in Cobh. A short tour of the grounds  followed the mass on both days.

Cobh was one of four coastal communities in Co. Cork that commemorated the Lusitania centenary with a number of events, entitled Lusitania100 Cork, in association with Cork County Council. For more on Lusitania100 Cork and for a full schedule of events in Cobh, Kinsale, Old Head and Courtmacsherry visit www.visitcorkcounty.com/Lusitania100Cork, @LusitaniaCork on Twitter, or @Lusitania100Cork on Facebook. Click here to download the official programme of events for the centenary of the Lusitania disaster.

From Century IrelandLusitania sunk by German torpedo.

From the International encyclopedia of the First World War: The sinking of the Lusitania.

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