Monday 26 June 2017

Remembering the Lusitania disaster, 100 years on

Members of the Cobh Re-enactment Group in 1915 outfits on Blind Strand, west Cork. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney
Members of the Cobh Re-enactment Group in 1915 outfits on Blind Strand, west Cork. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Their ancestors had gone to the aid of the stricken RMS Lusitania 100 years ago, and in west Cork yesterday the descendants re-enacted that fateful day.

The crew of the Courtmacsherry lifeboat, who were the first to launch and race to help the victims of the liner, which was sunk by a German U-boat, managed to save 764 people.

Yesterday, brothers Brian and Michael O'Donovan, descendants of the 1915 coxswain Tim Keohane, took part in a re-enactment which saw them and their fellow rescuers row a restored RNLI Ryder lifeboat out from Blind Strand.

On the beach, ladies from the Cobh Re-enactment Group donned 1915-era outfits and watched proceedings.

The people of Cobh, Kinsale and Courtmacsharry will stage a week of special events to mark the centenary of the tragedy.

Irish Independent

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