World War Two "EIRE 7" sign unveiled
An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Shay Brennan, Dalkey Tidy towns and members of the Defence Forces officially unveiled the painstakingly refurbished World War Two era "Éire 7" sign at Hawk Cliff in Dalkey, along with new educational information boards.
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 non-combatant country.
The site was restored back to it's original glory over the course of six months by the hard work by more than 60 volunteers from Dalkey Tidy Towns, led by project co-ordinator Des Burke-Kennedy. The Council assisted in the provision of the "EIRE 7" information boards on site and minor landscaping.
Speaking at the ceremony An Cathaoirleach commended the Dalkey Tidy Towns volunteers for their dedication:
The excavation and refurbishment of the 'EIRE 7' sign at Hawkscliff is a wonderful grassroots community initiative, with an especially strong historical resonance. I would like to commend the dedication and enthusiasm of the tireless team of more than 60 volunteers from Dalkey Tidy Towns for their work on this project of national significance."