U-260: The Glandore Sub

Lecture by
Brendan Cahill
Thurs Mar 23rd
The Parish Centre, Clonakilty


The U-260 was a World War II Type VIIC German submarine which sank off Glandore in April 1945. A number of its crew made it to shore at the Galley Head and the remainder were rescued the following morning. The reason for its sinking is unclear and has resulted in some speculation as to its cause with several possible explanations. Its present location is approximately 4 nautical miles south of the entrance to Glandore Harbour in 45 metres of water.

This lecture will outline the background and circumstances surrounding its sinking, the rescue of the survivors, the discovery of the wreck and its present condition. Actual footage of diving to the submarine and its condition will be shown.

Brendan Cahill, a native of Dublin, is a Rosscarbery-based Garda. Living in West Cork for the last 16 years, he is a former Garda diver who has a keen interest in wreck diving. He first dived the Glandore sub in the 1990s and has been diving to this and other wrecks for over 20 years. He is also a member of the Toe Head/Glandore Coast Guard Unit with an interest in the coastal history of the area.


A native of Aughadown parish, William Casey has a lifelong interest in local history.

His interest in children’s burial grounds began about ten years ago when he was involved in a number of local graveyard surveys. In 2013 as part of course work, he undertook a survey of the cillíní in his native parish and since then the study of these sites has become a passion of his. As a result, he has mapped close to 300 cillíní in West Cork and has visited around 70 of these sites. Along the way, he has gathered as much information as possible from local sources.

Apart from his interest in burial grounds, he has researched other historical topics as diverse as nineteenth century Protestant missions, Loan Funds and the history of local churches. William recently completed a masters in local history. The topic of his thesis was The Early Fenian Movement in the Skibbereen Region.