70th Anniversary of North Strand Bombing Commemorative Ceremony, Memorial Garden, Marion College

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Councillor Ray McAdam, representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin, and the German Ambassador, His Excellency Busso Von Alvensleben, will officially re-open the refurbished Memorial Garden and unveil a plaque commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the North Strand bombing.  This commemorative ceremony, for the victims of the bombing, will take place on Tuesday 31st May 2011 at 2pm in the Memorial Garden on the grounds of Marino College, Dublin 1.

On the 30th-31st May 1941 four bombs were dropped on the North Strand area of Dublin. Some twenty eight people were killed, ninety were injured and over three hundred houses were damaged or destroyed.

Councillor Ray McAdam said, “The North Strand Bombing was an iconic event in the life of Dublin city. It is important for us to remember those who were killed and injured on that fateful night, and to pay tribute to all involved in the rescue efforts and clean-up operation after the bombing. I commend Marino College for restoring the Memorial Garden, creating a space for tranquil reflection and Dublin City Library and Archive for preserving eye-witness accounts of the bombing through their oral history project”.

Ambassador Busso Von Alvensleben said, “The North Strand bombing in 1941 brought death and suffering into this city and to its inhabitants.  My deep sympathy and respect are with the survivors and families and friends of the victims.  Their ordeal is a lasting reminder of how immensely precious peace is.  I thank Marino College for keeping the memory alive.”

The Principal of Marino College, Jim Martin said, “The restoration of the Memorial Garden has been an honour and privilege for Marino College. In addition to being a memorial, the restored garden now provides a lovely, calm and restful space for locals and students of the college. I thank Ellen Murphy of Dublin City Libraries and Fr Brian Lawless, St Agatha's North William Street, for working with the college to prepare the Commemoration Ceremony”.

The ceremony in the Memorial Garden will be followed by a short prayer service at St. Agatha’s Church, North William Street, at which the names of all those who were killed by the bombing will be read out.  Attending the ceremony will be representatives of the Dublin Fire Brigade, the Irish Red Cross, and St. Johns Ambulance, whose members-through their bravery 70 years ago- saved countless lives.

 

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Notes to the Editor

The Memorial Garden on the grounds of Marino College was restored through funding from the college itself, the Office of the Taoiseach, and the German Embassy.

Let’s Walk & Talk - Tuesday, 31st May @ 12pm:  A day of Infamy and Heroes; the North Strand Bombings– Meet at the Charleville Mall Library, North Strand, Dublin 1.  Join historian, Pat Liddy as he visits the sites that were bombed by the German Luftwaffe on the fateful night in May 1941, bringing a taste of the horrors of World War ll to Dublin.  The tour will last 90 minutes and will include eye-witness accounts of the bombing. Let’s Walk & Talk’ is a community initiative of Dublin City Council.

North Strand Bombing Oral History Project

Since 2009 Dublin City Library and Archive has been running an oral history project to preserve eye-witness accounts about the bombing and ensure the experiences of those living in the North Strand in 1941 will never be forgotten. These stories can be read and listened to at www.northstrandbombing.wordpress.com  and public can also contribute their own memories and stories to the archive using the online form or by contacting 01 6744997; cityarchives@dublincity.ie

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