New book details forgotten shipwrecks of Kinsale and Courtmacsherry

Sailors grave book

Posted on: 8th August, 2014

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

A new book ‘No Flowers on a Sailors Grave – Shipwrecks of Kinsale and Courtmacsherry’ was launched recently in Kinsale by Marcus Connaughton of RTE Radio’s martime programme ‘Seascapes’.

Carefully researched and written by Jerome Lordan ‘No Flowers on a Sailor’s Grave’ reminds us of the many long forgotten shipwrecks along this most beautiful of coastlines. It brings to life, in seaman’s terms, the precarious nature of the sea, particularly in the time of sail.

Jerome Lordan was born and grew up on the Old Head of Kinsale, where his family has lived for generations. Jerome was a fisherman for 28 years and is now the skipper and owner of Kinsale Harbour Cruises which offers historic tours around Kinsale Harbour. In recent years he graduated with a BA in Archaeology and Celtic Civilisation from UCC and has completed a Masters degree in Local History. He has also lectured in Cultural Studies at Kinsale College of Further Education. His work is inspired by his deep love of place and his knowledge of local topography, folklore and oral tradition.

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11th October, 2017  ·  

Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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11th October, 2017  ·  

Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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