North Strand Bombing 1941
Published on 20th August 2010
On the night of 31 May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. The casualties were many: 28 dead and 90 injured, with 300 houses damaged or destroyed. Charleville Mall Public Library was designated as the headquarters for the bombed area and City Architect Horace O’Rourke was in charge of the clearance project.
The North Strand Oral History Project
This oral history project is an initiative of Dublin City Archives which aims to collect and preserve eyewitness accounts of the night of 30-31 May 1941. Audio accounts and transcriptions, along with written memories of the North Strand Bombing are available on the North Strand Bombing 1941 website.
North Strand Bombing Photographic Collection
Dublin City Library and Archive houses a collection of 57 photographs illustrating the aftermath of the North Strand Bombing, May 1941.
The photographs of the destruction caused by the North Strand Bombing in May 1941 were commissioned by Dublin Corporation as evidence for the assessment of insurance claims. The work was entrusted to a local photographer, H. McCrae, of 152 Clontarf Road, who began work on 4 June and continued until the end of the month. Further photographs were taken in July and September, and the final photographs were taken on 31 October.
The original photographs measure 28cm (w) x 20cm (h).
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