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A new exhibition on the role of the Royal National lifeboat Institution is coming to Cork Harbour's Camden Fort Meagher In Crosshaven and will be open to the public every weekend during this coming month of July.

The bravery of RNLI volunteers who risked their lives to save others during the First World War are the focus of an exhibition touring the UK and Ireland, Hope in the Great War.

The exhibition features six inspirational lifeboat rescue stories from around our coasts during the war. During the Great War, lifeboat crews launched 1,808 times, rescuing 5,332 people. And it was often down to the older generation to go to the aid of those in danger at sea, while many of the younger men were on active duty.

Among the stories featured in the exhibition are Cromer RNLI lifeboat's rescue of the Pyrin and Fernebo, which saw 33 people saved from the sea on 9 January 1917, and the 1914 Whitby RNLI lifeboat rescue of the wrecked hospital ship HMHS Rohilla which saw 144 people saved from the sea.

It is touring for four years – the length of the war – and opened on 4 February 2014 in the RNLI's Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer.

The exhibition was made possible by an Arts Council England grant of £78,200 awarded to the RNLI in order to share more widely the role of the charity's coastal community volunteers during WW1 to help mark the centenary. Community groups have come together to create interactive artworks to help tell the stories of the RNLI during the Great War.

Jacqui Palmer who is co-ordinating the exhibition, says: "As the world remembers the tragic events of the Great War, it's important that we also remember the courage and determination of those who risked their own lives to save others at a sea.

More than 15,000 people have visited the exhibition so far and community groups have been creating amazing artworks for the exhibition, so it's been a great way for everyone to come together and learn about the courageous work of our RNLI volunteers and coastal communities during the conflict."

Published in Cork Harbour
With less than a fortnight to go Corkonians and visitors alike can look forward to Cork Harbour Open Day, writes Jehan Ashmore
The Cork Harbour event is take place on Saturday 10 September, and on that morning the newest vessel of the Cunard Line fleet, the Queen Elizabeth is to make her maiden call to Cork following a visit to Dublin. At over 90,000 tonnes, the cruiseship which was named last year by Queen Elizabeth is to dock at Cobh. Visitors will be able to view the impressive vessel from the quayside. To read more facts and figures about the Cunard Line vessel click HERE.

This will be the third Cork Harbour Day which is to cover a wide range of events, such as concerts on Spike Island, a photographic exhibition in Camden Fort, guided tours of an Irish naval ship at Cork City Quays and an open day at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI).

In addition Fastnet Line's ferry Julia will be open for the public to board. The 22,161 gross tonnes serves the Cork-Swansea route and for the Open Day she will be berthed at Ringaskiddy Deepwater Berth instead of the nearby ferry terminal. To read details of Open day programme visit www.corkharbour.ie and updates click HERE.

The concept for the Harbour Open Day emerged three years ago, which combined various stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of the Integrated Strategy for Cork Harbour. A group comprising of representatives from UCC, City and County Councils, the Naval Service and the Port of Cork set about working together to engage with users of the harbour and to organise the Open Day.

Cork Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world, next to Sydney Harbour, offering beautiful locations for enjoying the outdoors, dramatic coastlines, and excellent leisure facilities, and is home to some very talented artists, sportsmen and women, and people who are passionate about the history, heritage and cultural value of Cork Harbour.

Published in Cork Harbour

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