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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Volunteer team restores 'Éire 7' sign on Dublin cliff for first time since World War II

Unveiling of the recently restored EIRE sign at Dalkey
Unveiling of the recently restored EIRE sign at Dalkey
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

An 'Éire 7' sign at Hawk Cliff in Dalkey, Dublin, has been "painstakingly" refurbished for the first time since World War II.

Originally constructed as part of the Emergency Powers Act, 1939, after the outbreak of war, the sign was one of a network of nearly 90 across the country warning aircraft that they were flying over a neutral country.

The site was restored to its original glory over the course of six months by the hard work of over 60 volunteers from Dalkey Tidy Towns.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (DLR) council also assisted in the provision of the 'Éire 7' information boards on site. Speaking at yesterday's unveiling ceremony, An Cathaoirleach of DLR Shay Brennan commended the Dalkey Tidy Towns volunteers for their dedication in bringing to light an important part of our local history.

The wildfires last summer revealed another sign at Bray Head, which locals worked to restore.

Irish Independent

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