Remembering the Lusitania disaster, 100 years on
Published 04/05/2015 | 02:30
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.