Saturday, January 23, 2010
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
Posted by Paz at 6:51 PM