In October 1918, towards the very end of World War One, the Royal Mail Ship RMS Leinster, en route from Dún Laoghaire to Holyhead, was sunk by German submarine UB-123 near the Kish Bank just outside Dublin Bay with the tragic loss of 569 passengers. It stands as the largest loss of life in the Irish Sea.
The Centenary of the sinking of the Leinster will be commemorated this October, culminating in the official commemorative event on Wednesday 10th October 2018 in Dún Laoghaire - 100 years to the day since this appalling disaster.
Surrounding this important event, there is a wealth of exhibitions, seminars, talks, theatre and performances in the National Maritime Museum, dlr LexIcon, St Michael's Church, Christ Church and Mariner's Church, Deansgrange Cemetery, Pavilion Theatre and other venues in the Dún Laoghaire area.
Alongside these events the National Maritime Museum in Dún Laoghaire will be free of charge during the commemorative week 6-14 October to encourage members of the public to visit and learn about the story of the RMS Leinster with a special information desk providing details on the more than 800 people who were on board.