• Address:
  • Lusitania Museum /
  • Old Head Signal Tower
  • Cork
  • Ireland



Welcome to the Lusitania Museum / Old Head Signal Tower Project website

On this site you will learn about the Lusitania Centenary (May 7th2015) and the Old Head Signal Tower Heritage Project. The aim of the Project is to initiate the refurbishment of the Signal Tower and to develop a Lusitania Museum and Visitors Centre within the Office of Public Works (OPW) site of approximately 2 acres. The Signal Tower is situated on the highest point of land on one of Ireland’s most scenic and easily accessible south coast peninsulas. The views from the top of the Tower are spectacular in all kinds of weather.

By a tragic accident of history the Old Head Lighthouse is the nearest point of land to  one of the most significant historic shipwrecks. The RMS Lusitania lies just over 11 miles due south and a few degrees west of the Old Head. She was hit by a single torpedo fired by U-boat U-20 at 2.10pm on the 7th May 1915. She disappeared forever in 18 minutes. We plan to commemorate her centenary  with appropriate acts of remembrance at 2.10pm on the 7th May 2015. We hope you will join us in making this happen in the most fitting manner. 






Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May 2016

in aid of


Old Head Signal Tower Restoration Fund


The Commissioners of Irish Lights have very generously agreed to allow Courceys Rural Development to open the Lighthouse premises to the public on those days, under the supervision of the Lighthouse Keeper.


All intending visitors must use the park-and-ride facility from the Lusitania monument.


A shuttle bus service from the Lusitania monument beginning at 9.45 am sharp on the Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The final bus each day will leave the monument at 5.30pm approx.

Adults €10 – pro rata for families and children who must be under strict parental/guardian supervision.


Old Head Signal Tower Restoration Committee



The Lusitania Trail

Below is our new brochure for the Lusitania Trail. It gives information and details about The Old Head of Kinsale, the towns of both Cobh and Courtmacsherry and their many Lusitania connections.





RMS Lusitania Centenary Commemoration DVD


Following on from the the wonderful commemoration ceremonies for the centenary of the RMS Lusitania that were held on the Old Head of Kinsale on May 7 2015, we are now pleased to make available a DVD of the ceremonies as they were carried out on the day.

This DVD provides fuul coverage of all of the ceremonies held on the Old Head, including all of the speakers and guests who were with us to commemorate that tragic event.

The video also covers the events of the official opening of the Old Head Signal Tower, which we have been restoring over the past year, and which is now completed.

To purchase a copy of the DVD, please click here.




Supported by Cork County Council and the Dept. of Arts Heritage & Gaeltacht.



Video of Old Head of Kiansale

We found a wonderful video recently made by Raymond Fogarty, with spectacular aerial views of the Old Head.  You can see this great video below.


We will be adding new information and regular updates to the website over the coming weeks, so please check back soon.




Old Head Signal Tower Project.

Lusitania Centenary