Ar­mistice Day events planned in Cobh

Irish Examiner - County - - Front Page - Sean O’Rior­dan

Cobh Tourism is plan­ning a se­ries of Ar­mistice Day events to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the end of the first world war which claimed a num­ber of lo­cal lives in­clud­ing sea­men in a famed bat­tle.

Two spe­cial cer­e­monies are be­ing planned, cul­mi­nat­ing with the un­veil­ing of a com­mem­o­ra­tive brass plaque in Cobh on Novem­ber 11. The largest bell of St Col­man’s Cathe­dral in Cobh will solemnly toll 11 times on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, fol­lowed by a recital on the 49bell car­il­lon, to com­mem­o­rate the mo­ment when the guns of the first world war fell silent in 1918.

Cobh Cathe­dral car­il­lon­neur Adrian Ge­bruers will per­form The Dead March from Han­del’ s Saul fol­lowed by Chopin’s Fu­neral March in mem­ory of the 15 mil­lion who lost their lives in the con­flict, in­clud­ing the 1,198 who died on the Lusi­ta­nia off Cork in 1915 and the 20 Cobh men killed in the 1916 Bat­tle of Jut­land.

The mid­day Mass in St Col­man’s Cathe­dral will also be ded­i­cated to all who suf­fered and died. Fol­low­ing the Mass, Car­ri­ga­line Pipe Band will lead a pa­rade to the gar­dens of St Bene­dict’s Pri­ory, for­merly Ad­mi­ralty House — the first world war US Navy head- quar­ters—where the Ar­mistice Day cen­te­nary brass plaque will be un­veiled.

The pri­ory gar­dens where the cen­te­nary plaque will be un­veiled lie in the shadow of the Jut­land Memo­rial, de­signed by lo­cal sculp­tor James McLough­lin and un­veiled in June. Re­search con­ducted by the Cobh-based Jut­land Memo­rial So­ci­ety con­firmed 78 ‘Queen­stown’ men were in­volved in the bat­tle, 20 were killed.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are en­cour­aged to at­tend the com­mem­o­ra­tive Ar­mistice Day Mass and plaque un­veil­ing and to con­tem­plate whether so­ci­ety has learned any­thing in the 100 years since the end of ‘The War to End All Wars’.

The cer­e­monies are be­ing or­gan­ised by Cobh Tourism in as­so­ci­a­tion with Cobh Branch ONE, the sup­port group for ex-ser­vice per­son­nel who will pro­vide mil­i­tary honours for the oc­ca­sion.

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