Michael Kennedy (RIA): 'Ireland and the war at sea, 1917'
Popular memory often recalls the sinking of Lusitania and Leinster off the Irish coast during World War One. But what of the wider war at sea off Ireland during the First World War? Newly discovered records from the archive of Irish Lights show a brutal maritime war fought in Ireland's coastal seas. This lecture focuses on the events of 1917 and sheds light on the continuing battle between German U-boats and British and later American naval forces off Ireland's south coast between Inistearaght and Tuskar Rock. Seen from the perspective of Lightkeepers and Lightshipmen, their accounts provide a tantalising and at times chilling account of naval warfare and its aftermath only miles from Ireland's shores.
Michael Kennedy is Executive Editor of the Royal Irish Academy's Documents on Irish Foreign Policy project and is the author of Guarding Neutral Ireland, and Ireland, the United Nations, and the Congo.
All lectures start at 7pm and will be held in the Museum's Milestone Gallery, Glasnevin Cemetery. Dublin 11
Tickets for each lecture are €10 or book the full series of 6 for €50
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