Stories From Old Newspapers


Dungarvan Observer editorial, 26 October, 1940


Were an invasion to be attempted, it can be taken as a certainty that an air armada would form the vanguard of the invading forces. Conquered Continental countries have experienced examples of this, and similar methods are being applied across-channel as a prelude to an invasion. This aspect of the situation must not be neglected.

The Old Borough of Dungarvan here is a very vulnerable seaport town. The dangers from bombing must be guarded against. Up-to-date fire-fighting appliances and an adequate number of well-trained A.R.P. warders are absolutely essential for the defence of the town, which by the way is already receiving admirable voluntary services from the Parish Council, Local Security Force, and Sub-Branch of the Irish Red Cross Society. It has been established since the bombing of the English Metropolis that civilian casualties are four to one of military. Many and varied are the ways A.R.P. wardens could act – even as auxiliaries to the Red Cross in the aiding of civilians in the event of any bombs being dropped. Dungarvan dwellers should be alive to the position, as well as the inhabitants of other towns. Every strictly necessary precautionary measure must be taken immediately to reduce the number of casualties in air raids.

Irish Ships Attacked

The Government Information Bureau has issued the following statement on behalf of the Dept of External Affairs:

‘The Irish-registered vessel, M.V. Edenvale (44 gross tons), was fired on by an aircraft at 6.15 p.m. on October 17, near Helvick Head, co Waterford. Members of the crew identified the aircraft as German. None of the crew was injured. The damage to the vessel is not serious. The Charge D’Affaires in Berlin has been instructed to lodge a protest with the German Government and to claim compensation’.

The Nazi had drafted “Operation Green” in the summer which included a plan to invade Ireland along the coast between Wexford and Dungarvan.