On May 7, 1915, a German U-boat attacked and sank the RMS Lusitania 11 kilometres off of the Old Head of Kinsale. 1, 198 people were killed. The attack helped convince America to join the war against Germany.
Germany had placed ads in newspapers beforehand to warn that they would be forced to attack the ship on account of the fact that Germany and Great Britain were at war, and the ship was carrying huge amounts of ammunition across the Atlantic. The Lusitania set sail from New York to Liverpool anyway, carrying the ammunition, along with 1, 900 passengers that consisted mostly of British Nationals and Canadians, as well as many Americans.
After paying our respects to the site, we continued our walk along the quiet country roads of Old Head. Like the previous day, we capped the day’s travels with a well-deserved ice cream cone. (Ice cream cones not pictured. But trust us, they were delicious.)