G2, the Coastwatching Service and the Battle of the Atlantic: 1939-41

G2, the Coastwatching Service and the Battle of the Atlantic: 1939-41 Michael Kennedy (difp at iol.ie) [This paper is an early version of the introduction to the Guarding Neutral Ireland: the coastwatching service and military intelligence 1939-45 (Four Courts Press, 2008)] A PDF version of this article is available: click here On the evening of […]

Irish Poplar

Irish Poplar

ABANDONED SHIP GAVE BIRTH TO IRISH SHIPPING’S WARTIME FLEET This article was first published in the Sunday Express on 19 February 1967.  It was reprinted in the Winter 2004 edition of Iris na Mara On the broad chest of the Atlantic the tramp steamer was at first only a speck to the German bomber crew. […]

LOP 6 Howth Head

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LOP 6 Howth Head The Coastwatching Service in Howth, Co. Dublin: LOP 6, the Summit, Howth Michael Kennedy (difp at iol.ie)   [paper delivered to the Howth Historical Society, February 2009]  I: Introduction May I begin by thanking you for the invitation to address the society this evening, as it is always a pleasure to […]

The sinking of Arandora Star

‘Drowned like rats’ The torpedoing of Arandora Star off the Donegal Coast, 2 July 1940 Michael Kennedy (difp at iol.ie) This paper is a revised version of ‘Men that came in with the sea’ which appeared in History Ireland in 2008.   A PDF version of this article is available: click here   The torpedoing […]

History of the MII

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History of the Maritime Institute of Ireland INSTITUTE FOUNDED AT CRITICAL TIME IN IRELAND’S HISTORY The Maritime Institute of Ireland was founded in 1941 at one of the most critical moments in this country’s history. Some of the founders and earliest supporters had been trying to impress on the general public and on government for […]