3 May 2019
By Bryan Smyth
The commemoration of the 104th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania will take place in Cobh this Sunday 5th May, 2019. Organised by Cobh Tourism, the ceremonies are fitting memorials to all those who lost their lives on that fateful WWI voyage.
The ceremony commences at the Lusitania graves in the Old Church Cemetery just outside Cobh at 2.30pm. Following prayers, musical honours by the Commodore Choir and the laying of wreaths, the proceedings move to Cobh Town Centre. A Parade led by a Colour Party from the O.N.E. and representatives of the Royal Naval Association and other maritime and historical groups will leave from the Old Town Hall on Lynch’s Quay at 3.15pm approximately to the Lusitania Peace Memorial in Casement Square.
Further ceremonies will take place here including a wreath-laying ceremony and members of the public are encouraged to attend.
Visitors can also go on the Lusitania Trail in Cobh which includes: The Lusitania Peace Memorial in Casement Square, Lusitania A Day in May Exhibit in Cobh Museum www.cobhmuseum.com, a Photographic Display in the foyer of the Commodore Hotel and a recently upgraded Lusitania Exhibition at Cobh Heritage Centre www.cobhheritage.com.
In addition, the Norwegian Pearl with over 3000 passengers will also be in Cobh on 5th May and this is always a fantastic spectacle for families.
On the Bank Holiday Monday, the Serenade of the Seas will dock in Cobh with 2500 passengers. There will be a market and free family entertainment in The Promenade on both days.
For more information on Lusitania Commemorations, Cruise Liner Visits and visitor attractions in Cobh visit www.visitcobh.com