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Mary Brunton’s Story

My mother’s sister, Mary Ellen Boyle was killed in the north strand bombing. Her husband went out to check on his mother as a bomb had fallen on the North Circular Road. When he returned, 157 North Strand Road had been hit and Mary was killed instantly, yet their baby Joan was saved. The story I heard as a child was that her cot was blown over and she was found later among the rubble. The bombing of the North Strand was spoken about a lot in our house when I was growing up in Marino in the 1950s.

2 replies on “Mary Brunton’s Story”

Hi Mary

I would like to get in touch with you to hear more as I am Joan’s daughter and Joan is still here fit and strong.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Many thanks


hi there,my father was patrick boyle who went out to check on his mother, and when he came back the big one had been dropped and his house was gone, his wife
was killed but his baby daughter joan was spared tg and is still alive today………………..

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