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In recent months two pinnacle moments in Irish history have been highlighted; the bombing of the North Strand in Dublin in 1941, and the long overdue recognition of the peacekeepers of A Company, 35th Infantry Battalion who were besieged at Jadotville in 1961. On both occasions, Ireland was effected by conflicts beyond our borders.

On the night of May 31st, 1941, four high-explosive bombs were dropped by Luftwaffe aircraft on the North Strand area of Dublin City. 300 houses were damaged or destroyed. Casualties included: 28 dead and 90 injured. People felt Germany was trying to force Ireland into the war or carrying out reprisals for Ireland’s assistance during the bombings on Belfast. The German government later expressed their regret over the bombings. No traces of the bombings are visible today. On that night members of St. John Ambulance Brigade were amongst the first to respond. In their archives for 75 years is a report detailing the horrors of that night and its aftermath. To mark the 75th anniversary of the Emergency we have several feature articles on this period. Including an interview with 97-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Ned Cusack; a fantastic look at the Thompson Ford Armoured Car, Pat Poland writes on the Civil Defence Firefighting Company, Dáire Brunicardi gives an in-depth look at the Marine Service’s Motor Torpedo Boats, and Tony Kearns analysis’s how Ireland prepared to defend its skies.

What has become known as the Siege of Jadotville, took place from September 13th – 17th, 1961. Outnumbered and outgunned, members of A Company fought for their lives until ammunition and water ran out. For decades’ veterans of A Company campaigned for recognition. Their heroic exploits are now remembered on in a recent Netflix movie. Through interview with veterans and use of primary records historian James Durney takes our readers through the siege of Jadotville.

Other articles include GPO-Witness History, Barberstown Castle, EPIC – the Irish Emigration Museum, and the Irish Family History Centre.

Both events highlight the need to honour, remember and record our history and those that it effected. A member of St. John Ambulance Brigade at North Strand was Noel Brady. He passed away this October. His story has been recorded, but many from the Emergency period in Ireland have not. There are only 49 members of A Company still alive. Give your history a voice, talk to a veteran and record their story.

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ISSN (Print) 2009-8863
ISSN (Digital) 2009-8871
ISBN (Paperback) 978-0-9935771-0-9
ISBN (ebook/digital) 978-0-9935771-1-6