Category Archive: World War One

Dec 10

The SS Hare : A tale of solidarity, hope and stout

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The SS Hare was a steamship built in 1886 at Barclay Curle & Co. shipyard in Glasgow for G&J Burns Ltd. In 1899 ownership was transferred to George Lowen of Manchester. In partnership with Dublin business man D.J. Stewart, Lowen had established The Dublin & Manchester Steamship Company In 1897. Stewart was also the owner of the …

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Nov 26

Dublin Port, World War One and U-boat attacks on Merchant ships : 30th November

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Oct 08

The first of the famous Guinness fleet – torpedoed in 1917

Guinness archivist Eibhlin Roche , with model of SS WM Barkley

On 12th October 1917, the steam ship WM Barkley having set out from Dublin Port just hours earlier was torpedoed just off the Kish lighthouse. Five of the 13 crew members on board were killed, and the others were lucky to survive. Among those to lose their lives was Thomas Murphy of Sheriff Street, who …

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Sep 29

Christopher Wolfe – A North Dock victim of World War One U-boat attack

Christopher Wolfe and his wife , Elizabeth (nee Tully)

“Ah I’m going Liz, the lads will think I’ve swallowed the anchor”  These words were spoken by Christopher Wolfe to his wife on the 27th December 1917 . He left his home at Jane Place (off Seville Place) and that evening set sail on the SS Adela , a Tedcastle & McCormick steamer that had …

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May 24

1917 Submarine victims – Media coverage of appeal for family contacts

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  This year will mark the centenary of two u-boat attacks on Dublin Port ships, which led to a substantial loss of life from the Dublin Dockland communities. On 14th December 1917 the SS Hare was targeted as it travelled from Manchester to Dublin Port, while less than a fortnight later, on the 27th December the SS …

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Apr 13

1917 Submarine victims to be remembered in Docklands

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Mar 24

ROBERT HENDERSON : Died at Flanders , March 23rd 1918

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  On the 23rd March 1918 twenty five year old Robert Henderson was killed in Flanders, where he was serving as a private in the Royal Army Medical corps. The Henderson family were long-time residents of East Wall, and remain there to this day. Robert is one of those remembered on the memorial plaque which …

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Jun 30

“Roll on the End” – A soldiers letter home (to East Wall 1915)

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“We are having terrible times out here this while back Roll on the end.” These are the last words written in a letter from James Nimmo to his mother Rachael, from number 44 Caledon Road, East Wall. James was a private, a drummer in the Connaught Rangers, killed in action at Flanders on AUGUST 3rd …

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Apr 30

‘I am Muirchú’ by Rita Edwards (Remembering the Helga)

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‘I am Muirchú’   by  Rita Edwards I am Muirchú the ‘Hound of the Sea’. I was not always known as Muirchú. When I was built in the Liffey Dockyard in Dublin in 1908 – a steam yacht with 323 tons displacement, capable of reaching a speed of 14.6 knots – I was named Helga II. …

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Sep 14

East Wall History Festival – 2015

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