The young historians at Riverstick Foróige Club in Cork have been actively involved in the centenary commemoration of the sinking of the Lusitania which was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1915. They attended a meeting about the history of the ship and its exploration, hosted by the Blackwater Sub Aqua Search and Rescue team and were then presented with an original piece of the hull of the ship!
The Foróige members were tasked with finding a permanent home for the artefact and decided to donate it to the Old Head of Kinsale Museum. In addition, they have produced a Lusitania themed calendar, with sponsorship from Cork County Council, which will help them to raise funds for their Club and a charitable cause in the locality.
A special ceremony marking the presentation of the artefact was held on Friday 20th November at the museum, with lots of interesting folks in attendance, including young people and their families, the Mayor, media representatives, teachers, youth workers, and divers! It was a very memorable day for the young historians who feel that they have played their part in keeping the history of the Lusitania alive.