Two Coolmeen men were among the 1.198 passengers and crew who drowned when the British ocean liner The Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk during World War I. The tragedy took place on 15 May 1915 when the ship was 18KM from Kinsale en route from New York to Liverpool.
The Coolmeen men were Michael Galvin of Derryshane and Dr Joe Garry of Shanahea. Michael Galvin had emigrated to New York on 21 September 1906 when he was aged 16 and was coming home to visit his family. He was buried in Cobh along with 168 other victims of the disaster. His niece Sr Annelives in Kent, England.
Dr Joe Garry had qualified as a doctor in Dublin in June 1914 and was serving as medical officer on the ship.