Gorse Fire Reveals World War 2 Sign

Posted on August 7, 2018

The aerial sign was spotted at Bray Head, County Wicklow, by the Garda (Irish police) Air Support Unit as they flew over the area after the blaze. The letters spell the word Éire, which means Ireland in the Irish language. Over 80 Éire signs were dotted around the coast in WW2 to warn bombers they were flying over a neutral country.  The whitewashed letters were carved into headlands during the war as navigational message to both Allied and German pilots. Many of the signs are still in plain view, and some have been restored by volunteers in recent years, including one at Malin Head, County Donegal. However, Bray Head’s Éire sign had been hidden for many years by thick undergrowth. The landmark was revealed again just days ago when the ground was scorched by a large wildfire. The operation to extinguish the blaze involved members of the Irish Air Corps, who help to operate the Garda helicopter.

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