On 31 May 2011, Councillor Ray McAdam, representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin, and the German Ambassador, His Excellency Busso Von Alvensleben officially re-opened the refurbished Memorial Garden and unveiled a plaque commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the North Strand bombing. This commemorative ceremony, for the victims of the bombing, took place at 2pm in the Memorial Garden on the grounds of Marino College, Dublin 1 in front of a crowd of approximately 250 people.
Councillor Ray McAdam said, “The North Strand Bombing was an iconic event in the life of Dublin city. It is important for us to remember those who were killed and injured on that fateful night, and to pay tribute to all involved in the rescue efforts and clean-up operation after the bombing. I commend Marino College for restoring the Memorial Garden, creating a space for tranquil reflection and Dublin City Library and Archive for preserving eye-witness accounts of the bombing through their oral history project”.
Ambassador Busso Von Alvensleben said, “The North Strand bombing in 1941 brought death and suffering into this city and to its inhabitants. My deep sympathy and respect are with the survivors and families and friends of the victims. Their ordeal is a lasting reminder of how immensely precious peace is. I thank Marino College for keeping the memory alive.”
The Principal of Marino College, Jim Martin said, “The restoration of the Memorial Garden has been an honour and privilege for Marino College. In addition to being a memorial, the restored garden now provides a lovely, calm and restful space for locals and students of the college. I thank Ellen Murphy of Dublin City Libraries and Fr Brian Lawless, St Agatha’s North William Street, for working with the college to prepare the Commemoration Ceremony”.
The ceremony in the Memorial Garden was followed by a short prayer service at St. Agatha’s Church, North William Street, at which the names of all those who were killed by the bombing were read out. Attending the ceremony were bomb survivors and relatives of those who died, along with representatives of the Dublin Fire Brigade, the Irish Red Cross, St. Johns Ambulance, and the Irish Army whose members-through their bravery 70 years ago- saved countless lives.