North Strand Bombing, 75th Anniversary

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Damaged buildingOn the eve of the 75th Anniversary of the North Strand Bombings, a set of files relating to compensation claims for property that was damaged or destroyed by the bombings  have been catalogued by Dublin City Archives and  can now be accessed by members of the public for the first time in our Reading Room.

The North Strand Bombing occurred on the night of 30/31 May 1941, when four bombs were dropped over the North Strand area by German aircraft. The impact of the bombing was strongly felt in the city of Dublin as it resulted in the death of 28 people, injured over 90 and caused the destruction of 300 houses.

The files relating to compensation claims were transferred to Dublin City Archives from the Law Department of Dublin City Council. They  include documents and maps which layout the areas of the North Strand which were to be purchased by compulsory order by Dublin Corporation, as set out under the Neutrality (Damages to property) Act 1941. There is also a copy of a public inquiry held by the Ministry for Local Government and Public Health on 23 April 1942 to investigate what should be done with the acquired areas, along with the individual compensation claims files of both residents and business owners whose property was destroyed or damaged.  Houses that were deemed habitable were repaired, whilst properties that were damaged beyond repair were purchased under compulsory order, and the displaced residents re-located to the new Dublin Corporation housing estates at Cabra and Crumlin.

View Compensation Claims for the North Strand Area under the Neutrality (War Damage to Property) Act 1941 (pdf, 157kb) (Cannot access pdf?)

The files are an important addition to the existing sources held by Dublin City Archives which tell the story of the North Stand Bombing and its impact on the people of Dublin.  Other useful sources are the Dublin City Council Minutes and Reports which detail the formal response of Dublin Corporation , as well as a set of files from Dublin City Manager of the time P. J Hernon  which provide detail of the clean up operation.  

The collection, which provides the greatest visual impact of the destruction, are a remarkable set of photographs by H. McCrae, photographer, who was commissioned by Dublin Corporation in 1941 to record the level of destruction caused by the bombing. 

Since 2009, we have also gathered stories and memories from ordinary Dubliners who were impacted by the bombing through our North Strand Bombing oral history project.

Search and browse the North Strand Bombing Oral History Project online.

Search and browse the North Strand Bombing Photographs online.

Special Event

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of this tragedy, a special event will be held at Charleville Mall Library on 31 May 2016 at 2.30 pm.  Historian and archivist of St John Ambulance Brigade Pádraig Allen will outline how the Brigade, who were on duty, coped with the injured and dying in North Strand, drawing on previously unseen records from the St. John Ambulance Brigade archive. The North Strand Bombing Exhibition, devised by Dublin City Archives, will be on display and extracts from the Dublin City Archives Oral History Project with survivors of the bombing will also be played, with introduction by Ellen Murphy, Senior archivist. [Note: Event booked out, sorry]



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