Interviewees

Phase 3

Michael Carrick: Michael Carrick was 11 in 1941, and living in flat at 155 North Strand Road. He tells the remarkable story of how he and his family climbed through rubble to safety after the bomb destroyed the front half of their entire building, killing the Foran couple in the basement flat below them. He also vividly recalls the events in the days and weeks after the bombing when the family were cared for firstly by the nuns, and then by the Irish Red Cross in Mespil Street. His family were later rehoused in Cabra West.

Maeve Mooney: Maeve Mooney was 11 at the time of the bombing, and living in Glasnevin with her parents. Her Uncle Dick (Richard) Fitzpatrick, her Aunt Ellen and her two cousins Margaret (Madge) and Noel lived over the family butcher shop at 23 North Strand Road and were all tragically killed on the 31 May 1941. Maeve recalls the memories of the night, and stories her father later shared with her of searching for the Fitzpatrick family in Dublin’s hospitals and morgues. She also addresses various rumours about the deaths of the Fitzpatrick family which circulated in Dublin in the aftermath, and tells the eerie story of her Uncle Dick’s prize pigeons which were seen in the North Stand the morning after the bombing.

Betty Keogh: Betty Keogh was 5 years and 8 months at the time of the bombing. She lived with her parents and brother in a rented room at 10 Charleville Mall. The house was completely destroyed by bombing and family lost all of their possessions, (later receiving just £18 compensation). Betty talks about her memories of the night, including sheltering in the basement and at nearby convent. She also discusses the aftermath of bombing, playing in the rubble as a child, moving in with her aunt in East Wall, and her father joining the British Army.

Phase 2

Ron Black:  Ron Black was 10 at time of North Strand Bombing and living in St. Ignatius road. He recalls the sounds and vibrations felt on the night, the actions of the local ASF and ARP warden, and visiting the bomb site with his friends in the days that followed.

Noel Brady: Noel Brady was 24 at time of bombing, and a member of St. John’s ambulance brigade. He participated in the rescue effort in the North Strand after the bombing. His role included treating the injured, and listing the patients being transferred to hospital.

Mike Connolly:  Mike Connolly was 5 at the time of the bombing, and living in Shelmartin Avenue, Fairview. His grandmother lived close to the Five Lamps and the site of the bombing. His father was a member of the auxiliary fire-brigade, and also worked for Dublin Corporation.

Mairead King:  Mairead King was 5 at time of bombing, and living in Sackville avenue, with her parents, brother and three maiden aunts. Her mother was in Rotunda Hospital on the night of the bombing, having given birth a few days previously.

Kevin Mullen:  Kevin Mullen was aged 7 at time of bombing and living in Sandymount strand. His father worked for Dublin Corporation in Dangerous Building sections, and was involved in the clean-up operation after the bombing.

Olive Murphy:  Olive Murphy was 6 at time of bombing, and speaks about her fright on the night of 31 May 1941. She also recalls the kindness of the Sisters of Charity in assisting many of the victims of the bombing, and the death of a school friend.

Alfreda O’Brien: Alfreda’s grandfather Francis O’Brien was a member of St. John’s Ambulance, and was involved in organising the rescue and remains identification operation immediately after the bombing.

Phase 1

Colette Herra: Her father was a member of the auxiliary fire brigade service in Dublin during the Emergency. He was called out to fires after both the Belfast Bombing and North Strand Bombing.

Gerry O’Flaherty: He was aged 8 in 1941, and living in Crampton Court. He attended the Christian Brothers, O’Connell school on North Richmond road, which was directly across the road from where one of the bombs fell. He speaks about the reaction of school friends and Christian Brothers to the bombing, about public views on Irish neutrality, and life in Ireland during the Emergency including rationing and air raid drills.

‘Michael’: He was aged 12 in 1941 and living at Charlemount parade. He spoke about his memories of the bombing and its aftermath, including the reactions of his classmates and stories which circulated regarding the victims.

Miriam Mulligan: She was aged 3 in 1941, living on North Strand road. Her family home was destroyed by the bombing, and she herself was pulled from the rubble by the emergency services. Her mother suffered a miscarriage on the night of the bombing. Her family were re-housed in Cabra. She speaks about her parents’ memories of the bombing, and also of community life in the North Strand in the late 1930s.

Noel Fitzgerald: He was aged 21 in 1941. On the night of the bombing, he was standing at the door of his family home at 43 Summerhill Parade. The house collapsed inwards and family members had to be pulled from the rubble by the rescue services. His grandmother was taken to the Mater hospital, where she died of pneumonia two weeks later. His family were later rehoused in Cabra.

Robert Hughes: He was an infant in 1941, living on 43 Parnell Road with his parents and two older sisters. His family home was damaged by the Donore Bombings in January 1941, and the family moved temporarily to Wexford. He speaks about long-term impact of bombing on his family, and also his memories of growing up in Dublin in the 1940s.

Terence Murphy: He was 19 in 1941 and serving in the B-Company, 22nd infantry battalion of the Irish Army. He was stationed at Collinstown Airport (Dublin airport) and manning a Lewis Machine Gun as the German planes flew overhead. He speaks about his memories of the night and the aftermath of the bombing. He also speaks generally about his experiences in the Irish army during the Emergency in Ireland.

William Polion: He was 5 years of age in 1941. He speaks about visiting a family friend, Matt Adams, who lived at 9 Bessborough Avenue, and whose house was damaged by the bombing. He also recalls stories of survivors and victims which circulated in the aftermath of the bombing.

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