Monday 26 September 2016

Flashback: Incredible pictures show aftermath of WW2 German bombing of Dublin

Published 30/05/2016 | 10:24

The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941
(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The funerals for the victims of the North Strand bombings (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The funerals for the victims of the North Stand Bombings, On the night of 31st May 1941 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).

Tomorrow will mark 75 years since Dublin was attacked with a series of bombs during World War II, killing 28 people.

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The attack took place in the early hours of the morning on May 31, with four high-explosive bombs being dropped by German aircraft on Dublin's northside.

Panic set in at approximately 2am when the bombs began to fall.

The first fell in the Ballybough area, demolishing two houses in Summerhill Park. Several people suffered injuries, but there were no deaths.

The funerals for the victims of the North Strand bombings
(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The funerals for the victims of the North Strand bombings (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).

A second bomb fell at the pumping works near the zoo in Phoenix Park. There were no injuries but damage was done to Áras an Uachtaráin, the official residence of President Douglas Hyde at the time.

A third bomb fell on the North Circular Road near Summerhill, causing no injuries. The deadliest bomb fell in North Strand, destroying 17 houses and damaging 50 others.

The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941
(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).

Twenty-eight people were killed and 90 more were injured in the blast.

About 400 people in total were left homeless.

The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941
(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).

A funeral mass was held for 12 of the victims on June 5, with Taoiseach at the time Éamon de Valera in attendance.

These exclusive photographs from the Independent News and Media archive show the aftermath of the event.

The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941
(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).
The North Strand the morning after the German bombing, On the night of 31st May 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 01/06/1941 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection).

Images show the damage done to the houses, as well as gardai in attendance at the scene.

One poignant photograph shows the funeral mass of 12 of the night's victims.

It wasn't the first time Dublin had been bombed during World War II. Bombs had previously fallen on Terenure and on the South Circular Road earlier in the year. Nobody was killed in the bombings.

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