Bray Fires uncover World War 2 landmark

Pic credit - Irish Air Corps

Ireland has seen a number of large fires around the country due to the recent rise in temperature. One such fire was on Bray Head which has led to the incredible discovery of a World War 2 landmark which is still in reasonable condition.

Pictures from the Garda Air Support unit show a stone structure which is still in reasonable condition and spells out EIRE in huge letters. The landmark had been completely covered by the gorse on Bray Head.

Michael Kennedy from Guarding Neutral Ireland explained;

“The signs were built by the Coast Watching Service by the summer of 1944 to warn “belligerent” aircraft that they were flying over a neutral country. Up to 150 tons of stone were used in some of the 83 signs dotted around the coast of Ireland. At the request of the United States air force, the number of the nearby lookout post was added, turning the signs into air navigation aids. This assisted American bomber pilots in navigating across the Atlantic.”

It’s unclear what, if anything will be done with the discovery however many have suggested it should be preserved.