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LOP 6 Howth Head

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Michael Kennedy, author of Guarding Neutral Ireland, discusses the role of the Look Out Posts, in this case, the LOP on Howth Head, in recording events in the Irish Sea during World War II, known as “The Emergency”.

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MV Kerlogue, neutral Irish ship

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The MV Kerlogue is regarded as a exemplar of neutral Irish ships during WW2. She was very small. 142 feet in length. She was almost sunk by a German mine. She was dive-bombed by the RAF. She rescued the Wild Rose of Liverpool. She rescued 168 crewmen from the Z72 and its escort.

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Capt Robert Halpin

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Captain Robert Halpin was born in Wicklow town on 17th February 1836. He was the youngest of 13 children and went to sea when he was 11 years old. His first trips were on sailing ships. The young Halpin saw where the future lay and transferred to a steam ship, the Circassian.

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Fethard Lifeboat Disaster

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A tale of bravery and sadness. … …
On the afternoon of the 20th of February, 1914, there being what was described
as a somewhat unsteady breeze from S.S.W., with a force of 4 to 5, misty
showers of short duration, and a moderate sea, the coastguards on duty at Bar
of Lough, between 2.30 and 3 o’clock, sighted a vessel between the Saltees Island
and the Keragh Islands, on the port tack. Recognising that the stranger was in a
perilous position, the signals J.D (“You are standing into danger”) were hoisted,
but apparently without any response being made.

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