World War II “Eire” Landmark Restored
By Jack Beresford, Contributor
May / June 2019
A historic Irish Second World War coastal landmark has been painstakingly restored by volunteers in Dublin. For six months, a team of up to 35 volunteers met on Hawk Cliff in Dalkey, Dublin, and worked tirelessly to restore a picturesque sign displaying the word “Eire” in giant white letters.
One of 80 signs built along the Irish coastline during the conflict, the signs were designed to warn Allied and German pilots alike that they were flying over neutral territory.
The sign was uncovered by members of the Dalkey Tidy Towns Committee. With the help of a committed group of volunteers they were able to clear up the site, lifting and cleaning up to 100 tons of stone before laying weed killer on the site. The stones were then returned to the site, restoring an incredible part of Irish history in the process.
Now fully restored and set alongside the number seven, the sign is one of five still visible from the air.
A similar sign in Bray was restored by another group of volunteers.
– Jack Beresford / The Irish Post / May 9, 2019 ♦