Clonasleee College marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, with the unveiling of a plaque to those who lost their lives, by Ms Higgins.
The history teacher explained how different Ireland was 100 years ago, and told of her own connection as a native of Cobh where survivors and victims of the disaster were brought, and of how she wished to pass on that link to her students.
The plaque was designed and created by TY students Patrick Hyland, Ciaran Whyte and Liam Delaney.
TY Student Jason Murphy gave an account of the sinking of the ship, hit by a German torpedo. Roisin Dunne read a poignant Irish poem, and Alana Wiseley read the English translation. Gary Kelly and Patrick Horan read ‘The Lusitania’.
Balloons were released after the unveiling. Music was by Ciara Dunne on guitar and Bronagh Conroy on double bass, with Aoife Dunne as MC. All listened to the hymn “Abide With Me”, associated with the burials in the Old Church Graveyard in Cobh. At 2.15 pm a minute silence was observed by the whole school to mark the time the Lusitania was struck.
The TYs won third prize for a project “The Story of the Lusitania” at the Co-Operation is Cool Competition last March.