Saturday, January 23, 2010

Old Head of Kinsale where the Lusitania sank, Co Cork.



In 1915 the Lusitania sank in 18 minutes with the loss of 1918 people of the coast of Cork on its way to Cobh (then named Queenstown). Its sinking by a German U-boat caused outrage at the time and was a major influence in bringing America into the war. It sinking still cause arguments to this day as the Germans had declared that all British or Allied ships would be sunk in the British Isles and they had taken out an advertisement in the papers to state as much. While the ship was a passenger ship it was listed as an Armed Merchant Cruiser, was designed with gun mountings and it was carrying ammunition aboard when it was sunk. Though it was listed as an Armed Merchant Cruiser it was never used as such and never had any guns mounted.
Today there is a new controversy in the area, the Old head is now one of Irelands most expensive Golf clubs and people can no longer walk out to the lighthouse, there are a few campaigns to open the area up to the public.
Old head of Kinsale today,

The Castle at the Golf club entrance.

Memorial to the Lusitania



Another Castle


3 comments:

Leisha Camden said...

the Old head is now one of Irelands most expensive Golf clubs and people can no longer walk out to the lighthouse, there are a few campaigns to open the area up to the public.

I can imagine ... !! :-o What an outrage. I mean it, too. That really sucks so hard that only a lucky few have access to a place like that. And those few probably aren't interested in it anyway - they just want to play golf. Growl. I would totally sign any petition to open the place up to the public. If you ever come across a petition like that, then please forge my signature on it, OK?

Leisha Camden said...

Great shots, btw ... !! :-D

Paz said...

you join on Facebook "Free the Old Head of Kinsale" and there is a group called keep Ireland open @ http://www.keepirelandopen.org/

Glad you like the pictures