1918 – Over five hundred die in the Irish sea following the sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster by U-boat 123.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

The Leinster was operating as a passenger ship and mail boat, although most of those who died were soldiers returning from leave, many of them Irishmen who fought in the British Army in World War I.

First World War 1914-1918. On one side were Germany, Austro-Hungary, Turkey and Bulgaria. On the other side were the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Britain’s colonies, France, Italy and, from April 1917, the United States of America.

On land both sides became bogged down in static trench warfare. At sea the Royal Navy blockaded Germany from the start of the war, forcing the German fleet to remain in port. Putting to sea in 1916, the German navy failed at the Battle of Jutland to break the British stranglehold. Germany’s fleet returned to port, where it remained for the rest of the war. Meanwhile the British naval blockade also prevented munitions and food…

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