Personal Stories

Noel Fitzgerald’s Story

Noel Fitzgerald was aged 21 in 1941. On the night of the bombing, he was standing at the door of his family home at 43 Summerhill Parade. The house collapsed inwards and family members had to be pulled from the rubble by the rescue services. Noel’s grandmother was taken to the Mater hospital, where she died of pneumonia two weeks later. Noel’s family were later rehoused in Cabra.

Listen to Noel’s story here:

Duration:12:37 mins


Project Name: North Strand Bombing Oral History Project (Part 1)

Personal Stories

Michael’s Story

Michael was aged 12 in 1941 and living at Charlemont Parade. Michael speaks about his memories of the bombing and its aftermath, including the reactions of his classmates and stories which circulated regarding the victims.

Listen to Michael’s story here:

Duration: 15:26 mins


Submission Form

Sharing Your Memories

“Our Dublin of today is very much a product of past experiences and a sharing of our history is very important to Dublin today.”
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Eibhlin Byrne.

On the night of 30-31 May 1941 four high explosive bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand, killing 28, injuring over 90, and destroying 300 houses.

Were you an eyewitness to these events? Or perhaps you have stories or anecdotes, which have been passed on to you by older friends or relatives? Your memories are history. Dublin City Archives wishes to collect and preserve them for future generations of Dubliners. Add your experiences to the history of the North Strand Bombing by submitting your story using the submission form below or alternatively by e-mail to

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