Dublin - North Strand


On the night of 31 May 1941, the German air force (Luftwaffe) carried out a small bombing attack on Dublin. Four high-explosive bombs were dropped on an area called North Strand, killing 28 residents, injuring 90 and destroying or damaging over 300 houses. Since Ireland declared itself neutral during the war, the motive for the attack has been unclear. It may have been a retaliation on the part of Germany because the Dublin fire brigade assisted the british counterpart in Belfast, which was bombed by the germans in April of the same year. It may also have been a mere provocation on the part of Germany to force Ireland into the war. But it could also be a warning from the German side to remain neutral.

Current status: Monument (2023).

Location: 53°21' 19.29" N 06°14' 43.65" W

Get there: Walk or by Bus from central Dublin.

My comment:

The monument is surrounded by a small memorial park where there is also a painting on a wall depicting the bombing.

Follow up in books: Holland, James: The Battle of Britain: Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940 (2011).