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THE LUSITANIA GIFTED TO CORK MUSEUM

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he shipwreck of the RMS Lusitania has been gifted to a museum in Kinsale, County Cork, exactly 104 years after it was torpedoed by a German U-boat on May 7, 1915 during the first world war. The Lusitania, a Cunard liner, was the largest ship in the world when it was sunk this thing forever and I’m by the German submarine. It went down going to be 91 at the end in 18 minutes, 11 nautical miles off the of this month, and it is Kinsale coast, killing 1,198 passenger about time I have some and leaving 761 survivors. new people responsible Gregg Bemis, the American businessfor carrying on the man who has owned the salvage rights to research and the explothe wreck since 1982, signed the donaration and the recovery of tion agreement with the Old Head of artifacts for the museum.” Kinsale Museum on May 7, the anniverIn 2017, the museum sary of the tragedy. opened a Lusitania Bemis, who initially hoped to make Gifting the Lusitania: Pictured (left to right) memorial garden money from the scrap metal of the ship, Old Head of Kinsale Museum chairman J.J. complete with a 20-meter-long bronze became obsessed with finding proof that Hayes; secretary Con Hayes; Gregg Bemis sculpture in honor of the victims. the Lusitania was secretly carrying war owner of the Lusitania; and Richard Martin, With the help of Bemis’ incredible supplies from then-neutral America to solicitor, at the signing ceremony. donation, it is now hoped that a full-scale Great Britain when it was sunk, told “living museum” can be built to allow the Lusitania’s story and RTÉ’s News: “Today we are finally coming to a close of my relahistory to be shared. – P.H. tionship with the Lusitania. I’m getting too old to continue with

GAME OF THRONES SETS TO BE TURNED INTO TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN NORTHERN IRELAND “

TOP: The set of Winterfell. ABOVE: Game of Thrones reenactors gather outside Castle Ward in County Down, a prime location for the Stark family.

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he world’s most popular show,” Game of Thrones, may have wrapped up, but that doesn’t mean you’ve seen the last of Westeros. HBO plans to convert several of the series’ filming locations in Northern Ireland into tourist destinations in an attraction called Game of Thrones Legacy, with a target opening date sometime in 2019. Winterfell, Castle Black, and King’s Landing are some of the sets the network is considering opening up to the public. There will also be a formal studio tour of Linen Mill Studios, with exhibits of material from the series, such as costumes, props, weapons, set decorations, art files, and models, as well as interactive digital displays to showcase the visual special

effects used in the series. The project will be “on a scale and scope bigger than anything the public has ever seen,” said HBO. Previous Game of Thrones attractions include the Touring Exhibition and the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience. “HBO is thrilled to celebrate the work of the Game of Thrones creative team and crew by preserving these locations and inviting fans to visit Northern Ireland and explore Westeros in person,” said Jeff Peters, HBO’s VP of licensing and retail. John McGrillen, CEO of Tourism Ireland NI, the travel marketing company working with HBO on the coming attraction, called Game of Thrones Legacy “a game-changer for Northern Ireland on the global tourism level.” – M.H. MAY / JUNE 2019 IRISH AMERICA 13

Profile for Irish America Magazine

Irish America May / June 2019  

Irish America's May / June issue, featuring Congressman Richie Neal, chairman of the Ways and Means committee of the U.S. House of Represent...

Irish America May / June 2019  

Irish America's May / June issue, featuring Congressman Richie Neal, chairman of the Ways and Means committee of the U.S. House of Represent...