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Just over a century ago...

On Friday, 7th May 1915, just after 2pm, Cunard liner RMS Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk just off the Cork coast.

This historic tragedy was watched from the windows of The Pink Elephant by the family living in the house at the time. The noise of the massive explosions carried over the the calm sea and was loud enough to make horses bolt from the fields.

The Lusitania Museum in the restored Signal Tower on the highest point of the dramatic Old Head of Kinsale is a wonderful place to visit to learn more and see artefacts from the ship.  Discover more at

RMS Lusitania near The Old Head of Kinsale

Lusitania off the Old Head in 1911, close to her torpedo site of 4 years' later


Map of site of Lusitania sinking

If sunk on end, Lusitania would stick almost 500 feet above the water.  She was 787 feet long, sunk in water about 300 feet deep.​

Learn more about the history at

View of the site of RMS Lusitania's sinking
Horse Rock
Barry's Point
The view south from The Pink Elephant, showing the site of the sinking
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