In pictures... Cork remembers victims of the Lusitania

In pictures... Cork remembers victims of the Lusitania

YESTERDAY marked 100 years since the RMS Lusitania sank, just 14 miles off of the coast of Co. Cork.

Events took place across Ireland and Britain to mark the tragedy, which claimed 1,198 lives on May 7, 1915.

Cork was the main venue for commemorations in Ireland - particularly Kinsale and Cobh, where many of the victims were buried.

President Michael D Higgins and Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney were on hand for the commemorations - and a re-enactment of the mass funeral for the hundreds of victims who were buried in Cobh will take place on Sunday.

Liverpool, the ill-fated passenger ship's intended destination, also marked the event with a minute's silence and a vigil for the victims of the disaster.

The ship was passing by the southern coast of Ireland when it was set upon by a German submarine. After the torpedo hit, the ship went down in just 18 minutes.

See pictures below of commemorations in Cork yesterday