Lost World War II markings "EIRE" in Ireland revealed by wildfire

Lamar Ellis
August 7, 2018

"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", Michael Kennedy of Guarding Neutral Ireland told local news outlet Dublin Live.

A Garda air support unit crew noticed the sign earlier today following a fire that had spread throughout Bray Head.

Police helicopters have discovered a forgotten Second World War landmark, after a wildfire revealed a huge stone "Eire" sign along the Irish coast.

The sign reads "Eire" which is the Irish language word for Ireland.

Many signs are visible, and some, such as one at Malin Head in Country Donegal, have been restored by volunteers in recent years, including one at Malin Head, County Donegal.

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'The Air Corps helped put the fire out and then the Garda helicopter, which we fly, noticed the sign emerging from the past'.

Up to 150 tonnes of stone were used in some of the 83 signs dotted around the coast of Ireland.

Allied pilots were also issued with a list of the lookout post numbers, meaning the Eire signs became a valuable navigational tool in times before Global Positioning System existed.

Whitewashed letters were carved into headlands during the war as navigational message to both Allied and German pilots.

Apparently the signs are "quite common" in Ireland's west, but rarely seen on the east.

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