Lusitania Memorials

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Noel F. Jones

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Senan:

"Jeez, Noel, give it a rest. You have a bee in your bonnet...."

There are no bees in any bonnets here but I do perceive someone apparently in denial of their own history.

"I have no doubt that they stood on the steps and waved their silly placards..."

From the contemporaneous photographs I observed that the placards in question were not the insubstantial ephemera of a passing day that you infer, rather they were substantial panels of some permanence which had been lashed together all round the structure with wire rope or similar. Because of the reluctance of its custodians to take appropriate remedial action, tourists and visitors returning to the mainland from Ireland were writing letters to the papers about it.


It may have been that the British authorities were characteristically reluctant to pursue the matter because of the delicate political situation obtaining at the time. The British press were less reticent.

"It is not a case of the monument being perceived as English. That is so jingoistic as to be ridiculous."

I merely opined that in the shallow revisionist paramilitary psyche the torpedoing of the Lusitania may have been perceived as an "English" affair and that by extension the memorial was some kind of territorial intrusion. Why else would it have been targetted?

Apropos your attempt at analogy: Nelson's column is a monument not a memorial and as such it may be defaced but not desecrated. If the demonstrations, placarding etc. you refer to were inflicted upon the Cenotaph in Whitehall that would be a different matter.

Reverting to Cobh: the statement to be rebutted was to the effect that throughout Ireland graves and memorials were respected even by paramilitary organisations.

And I consider it duly rebutted by the information I provided and the routes to provenance I have indicated. The matter rests with you as you are geographically nearer to the matter than I. If you do not wish to go down these routes so be it but please do not substitute political posturing for inaction in that regard.

As the record will show, I have eschewed political stance beyond that minimum needed to respond to your attempt to peremptorily dismiss the information I was providing. And I see you're still at it, viz.:

"So Noel, I regret you introduced this note into the discussion. You seem to feel the need to prove you are right. ... and I say for the last time that the Lusitania memorial was not "desecrated" for "months and years" by the IRA. So your specific allegation remains untrue, and I wish you had the good grace to withdraw it."

I am quite unable to meet you on that. However, having duly provided the requisite rebutting information, you will find me quite amenable to a mutual agreement to let the matter rest.

Noel
 
Shelley Dziedzic

Shelley Dziedzic

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Wow, Jim- and I thought Rita had a story! I think our Inez deserves at least a made-for-t.v. epic. This has it all from gun running to crowned heads. It's a script for Hitchcock with plot better than fiction!
 
Jason D. Tiller

Jason D. Tiller

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Hi Martin,

I don't know if this photo will assist you, but here is one I took of the Old Head of Kinsale coast:

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Approximately eleven miles out, is where the Lusitania went down.
 
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J.F. McDermott
Surgeon, MM
S.S. "Lusitania"
7th May 1915 Age 38


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Jason D. Tiller

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Fireman T. Cain
Fireman P. Casey
Fireman J. Coady
3rd Cl. Waiter C. Driscoll
Matron A. Enderson
Fireman J. Ford
2nd Cl. Waiter W. G. Gardner
2nd Cl. Waiter C. S. Gilroy
Waiter T. Hannan
Cook J. B. Hine
Stewardess J. E. Howdle
Able Seaman J. P. Huston
Served as Robb
Stewardess M. E. Jones
3rd Cl. Waiter C. Lapphane
Fireman D. Lee

1914-1918

In honoured memory of those named who serving on the RMS Lusitania died when the ship was sunk by enemy action on 7 May 1915 and are buried nearby.

Fireman I. Linton
Fireman J. Madden
Waiter K. McKenzie
1st Cl. Waiter J. H. Murphy
Greaser O. O'Hare
Able Seaman W. E. Quirk
Fireman J. Roach
Stewardess A. J. Roberts
Asst Butcher G. Ronnan
Asst Steward T. E. Stewart
Steward W. S. Thomas
Fireman J. Toole
Stewardess M. Weir
Trimmer C. Welsh
Steward H. E. Wood
 
Jason D. Tiller

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This memorial was unveiled by Hugh Coveney to Minister for Defence and the Marine on 7 May 1995

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Senan Molony

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Noel,

I am going to say this: Your contention is that the Cob Town Council and the townspeople of Cobh engaged in prolonged xenophobia.

The council were either pusillanimous or tacitly supported the hijacking over "months and years" of their central monument. That charge is bad enough.

The police, of course, stood idly for the same period by during this strange vigil by malcontents.

But your wider charge is most grievous:

That the population of Cobh, whose immediate forbears went selflessly out to the rescue, would allow such a phenomenon to occur in their midst. Would deny their own families...

It is absurd.

It is preposterous.

It is untrue.

The only reason I am sensitive to it is because it amounts to a complete calumny on a whole town.

Russians, Jews, Poles, French, Americans, and yes, British, walked along those streets in 1915.
They do so today.

And the real truth is this:

The people of Cobh are the most welcoming on earth.

No-one there is anything less than wholeheartedly embracing of all nationalities. As anyone who has been there will vouch.

In short it is a great town to visit, and I do not recognise this suggestion that it is some kind of "valley of the squinting windows."

Regards OM,

Senan
 
Mike Poirier

Mike Poirier

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Hello Mama
I know, the story of George and Inez Vernon (Butler) as told by Jim, is a terrific one and is so full of twists and turns. Since Hitchcock is dead(or is he? HAHAHA) I can't imagine who would have the subtle nuance for the dark side if human nature to produce such a film. Any ideas?

Jason
Thanks for posting pictures. They came out very nice.
Mike
 
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Senan Molony

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Noel wrote:

>...visitors returning to the mainland from Ireland....<<

A lapsus calami Noel?

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monica e. hall

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I was "blown up" twice by the IRA in London in the 1970s.. Once by a postbox, which I happened to be passing, and once in an hotel, in which I happened to be having a drink. Apart from tearing my dress, I was very lucky. I was also subjected to at least three other bomb alerts - we just took our drinks out onto the roadside, and waited for the authorities to finish their investigations. Not much else we could do because really, the arguments were not of our generation, going back as they do for a few hundred years. I'd be quite interested to hear the views of anyone who has actually experienced these things personally, other than just thought about them from a very, very great distance... in either time or philosophy.
 
Inger Sheil

Inger Sheil

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Perhaps that's a conversation for another time, Monica. I know at least one other participant in this thread had a close brush with paramilitary violence during the revival of the Troubles - when Loyalists inflicted the bloodiest single day on the Irish people since the end of the Irish War of Independence/Civil War.
The people of Cobh are the most welcoming on earth.
Amen
 
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