This October marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster. In the last weeks of the First World War, the Leinster was tragically sunk on October 10, 1918 by a German submarine. More than 569 crew members and passengers lost their lives that day and this remains the biggest loss of life in the Irish Sea.
The Dun Laoghaire mailboat was a ship deeply embedded in the landscape of Dun Laoghaire and the surrounding areas, many locals would have had strong connections with the ship, and those working and losing it were terribly felt by the whole community.
To commemorate the centenary, a series of events will be held with lectures and exhibitions around Dun Laoghaire.
A number of exhibitions on maritime history can be seen in the National Maritime Museum and the DLR Lexicon. On the 6th day there is a family history with WWI artifacts and costumes, lego models and much more.
On Friday 5 October the Leinster will be remembered by music and singing with a night of sailor songs and ballads in the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club and the next night there will be a centenary concert in the Christ Church.
On the day of the 100th anniversary, 10 October, the Irish Navy LÉ Eithne will visit the wreck site and lay a wreath.
For more information and for a complete list of events, visit www.leinster2018.com