The Battle of Jutland – A Cork Tragedy
The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
Thurs Oct 13th at 8.30pm
Regarded by many as the greatest naval battle ever fought, the Battle of Jutland was fought off the coast of Denmark on the 31st May 1916. In little over six hours over 8,600 sailors from the German and British navies were dead. Over 120 of them were Cork men and about 30 of those were from the coastal communities around Clonakilty and Skibbereen. For the most part their story has never been told. The battle destroyed many of the most powerful battleships ever built and was to change the war at sea for the remainder of World War I.
Tony McCarthy, a Skibbereen-based Garda sergeant, lived the first 15 years of his life in Donoughmore in Barryroe. He became interested in the Battle of Jutland when his grandfather told him about three of his friends from Lehina in Barryroe who died in the battle. In recent years as part of his dissertation for a diploma in Genealogy in U.C.C., Tony discovered eyewitness accounts of the battle and located a photograph of the ship, H.M.S. Defence, taken seconds before it exploded killing all 904 sailors on board, including the three Lehina men. His lecture will tell the story of the west Cork sailors and the working conditions on board these large battleships.