RNLI  COURTMACSHERRY HARBOUR         
RMS LUSITANIA Centenary Commemorations   1915-2015
 

Calendar Of Events

Click here to download a .pdf of this Courtmacsherry schedule

Click Here to see a map of locations of the main events

Fri 1st May 2015 7:45pm Fly-over of Irish Coast Guard Helicopter  
  8pm. Official Opening of Centenary Weekend by Mr Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Marine & Food (and Defence) on Courtmacsherry pier.
Teas / coffees available in Community Hall.
 
  7:30pm Ryder and Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboats on display  
  6 – 9pm Lusitania Exhibitions in RNLI Lifeboat Station and Community Hall showing artefacts, memorabilia and story boards.
 
     
Sat 2nd May 11am – 7pm Daily Lusitania Exhibitions in Lifeboat Station and Community Hall. Model Exhibition at St. John the Evangelist Church.
  2pm & 5pm Lusitania themed talks in Blind Strand and Butlerstown. Bus transport arranged from village.  
    Short Stories in Bars and Café’s throughout the day. See local notice boards for further details.  
  3:00pm Irish Coast Guard Helicopter at Barryroe GAA pitch.  
  2 – 5.30pm Ryder and Courtmacsherry Lifeboats alongside pontoon on pier for public viewing.  
  5.30pm Pulling and Sailing Lifeboat display with restored Ryder Lifeboat.  
  8.00pm Lusitania lecture and presentation by esteemed Lusitania author and diver Paddy O'Sullivan in Community Hall.  
     
Sun 3rd May Main Event - Re-enactment of Lifeboat Call  
11.00am – 9pm Daily Lusitania Exhibitions in Lifeboat Station and Community Hall. Model Exhibition at St. John the Evangelist Church of Ireland.  
  11.00am Events at Blindstrand across from  the Old Lifeboat Station in Barry’s Point. 
  • Narration of the RNLI Lifeboat call to Service.
  • Over 100 people, incl. 20 schoolchildren from Barryroe school will take part in this dramatised production which lasts about 50 minutes.
  • Lifeboat Launch!!! Start re-enactment of 12 mile Lifeboat row to Lusitania tragedy Click here to see a route map to the Lusitania
Buses arranged for transport from RNLI Lifeboat Station in Village.
Centenary bus and walking tours throughout the afternoon.  See local timetable
 
  2pm Blind Strand - Lusitania themed talks Bus transport arranged from village  
  3.30pm Lusitania Presentation in Community Centre by renowned Lusitania Diver Eoin McGarry. Short Stories in Bars and Café’s throughout the day. See local venues for details.  
  5pm Butlerstown Community Centre - Lusitania themed talks - Bus from village  
    Short Stories in Bars and Cafés throughout the day. See local venues for details.  
  8.00pm Return of "Ryder" lifeboat to Courtmacsherry Pier after completion of row to site of Lusitania (Exact arrival time dependent on weather conditions).  
     
Mon 4th May 11am – 5.00pm Lusitania Exhibitions in Lifeboat Station and Community Hall. Model Exhibition at St. John the Evangelist Church of Ireland.  
  2 – 5.00pm Ryder and Courtmacsherry Lifeboats alongside pontoon on pier for public viewing.  
  2pm & 5pm Lusitania themed talks in Blind Strand and Butlerstown Community Centre. Bus transport arranged from village.  
     
Wed 6th May 8pm Lusitania Centenary Commemoration Black Tie Dinner at Courtmacsherry Hotel. Special Guest speakers include Lusitania owner and renowned Lusitania technical diver. Tickets cost €85 each. Limited availability. click here further details.  
       
Thu 7th May Centenary Day  
  9:30am Morning Commemoration mass at Sacred Heart Church, Courtmacsherry  
  2.10pm Wreath Laying at exact site of Sinking of RMS Lusitania by RNLI Courtmacsherry Lifeboat. Release of 1201 balloons at local schools, Courtmacsherry RNLI station, Barry's Point and Butlerstown Community Centre. Each balloon bearing the name of a Lusitania victim.  
     
  For a List of all events In Kinsale, The Old Head, Cobh and Courtmacsherry download this schedule in .pdf form