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TWO Irish towns are to mount special Titanic-style commemorations to mark the centenary of the sinking of the liner Lusitania off the Cork coast.

A total of 1,198 people died and 761 survived when the Cunard liner was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the Old Head of Kinsale on May 7, 1915.

Cobh and Kinsale will stage a series of special events next year to mark the centenary – and priceless artefacts from the wreck are set to be donated to an Irish museum for an exclusive Lusitania exhibit.

Next May marks the anniversary of the sinking, which was instrumental in helping push the United States closer to involvement in World War I.

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The Old Head of Kinsale Museum has secured the backing of the Lusitania wreck owner, Greg Bemis, for their exhibit as well as priceless wreck artefacts.

The Kinsale museum is now attempting to trace relatives of all those on board the doomed liner to involve them in next year's events.

The wreck lies 16km off the Old Head of Kinsale and its owner, US businessman Mr Bemis, has insisted he will mount another dive after disputing the findings of one conducted in August 2011.

Cobh Tourism annually organises a special series of events to mark the anniversary of the liner's loss.

This includes a special prayer service at the graveyard where many of the Lusitania victims were buried after the bodies were recovered.

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