Armistice Day events planned in Cobh
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.