COBH'S LUSITANIA MONUMENT
Harbour town Cobh is full of statues and memories and one of its most famous sculptures is the Lusitania Monument in Casement Square.
The large work, by sculptor Jerome Connor, is in memory of those lost (1200 people) when the Cunard liner was sunk by U-20 on 7th May, 1915, off the Old Head of Kinsale. The liner was heading for Cobh and it was to here that some of the recovered bodies were brought, some to be buried here.
Casement Square is nowadays a popular spot to sit out during the summer, the memorial providing a little shade. Every now and then though, a thought for those caught up in the past tragedy passes through like a cloud, just as it does when lying in the sun on the beaches of Normandy.
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