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All Measures Necessary ( Part 1 of III)

ALL MEASURES NECESSARY  Parts I, II & III   Author’s Note Part I and Part II , contain a collection of reports from a time when a terrible disease spread throughout the world. They said it began just as WWI was ending, and they called it ‘flu’. It was a particular strain of what was […]
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All Measures Necessary (Part II of III)

All Measures Necessary Part II   IN BETWEEN THE WARS   The influenza pandemic of 1918 has been identified as having been an avian or and a ‘swine like’ flu virus. Combination of both swine and human strains of influenza is also suggested. The influenza category, H1N1, was identified  by the world’s leading experts, Dr. Taubenberger, and Dr. […]
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‘Murphy’s Sub’

After all those years. We followed up on every bar-room story, endless tales by fishermen, and all of the mucky folklore that was ever recounted about this wreck – that of a submarine lying on the Arklow Bank. Probably known to many now, a much abbreviated version of the tale goes as follows. In 1917 […]
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Between The Tides (Shipwrecks on the Irish Coast)

  Link to Amberley Books – https://www.amberley-books.com/between-the-tides.html   Between The Tides is a new book just launched by the author of this site. Supported by a large volume research, and accounts of a number of historic instances that have occurred around the coast of Ireland, the author sets out to examine the history of shipwreck, and […]
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“The South Arklow Light Vessel has Disappeared”

Accurate, but defying an explanation, the announcement as it appears above, was posted in the Custom House, Dublin, on March 31, 1917. Its brevity can be partly explained by war time secrecy, and an importance in preventing the general public and the German navy becoming familiar with British naval matters. The statement did nevertheless indicate […]
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U-Boats Sink the Mail-Boat Leinster and Others in the Irish Channel

The Atlantic Gateway  (Jim Phelan 1941) When ships crossed the channel between Ireland and England during WWI, they were attacked and sunk by German submarines. The loss of ships, Irish or not, with civilians, service men and women, was not only condemned by those considered to be ‘West Brits’, but anger and a sense of […]
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The Flanders Flotilla in Irish Waters WW1

The repeated claims that America declared against Germany during WW1 because her citizens and ships had been attacked by German U-boats is not accurate. Though the U-boats were restrained as a result of American diplomatic protests, America did not enter the war at that time, and when they did, it was for different reasons. This […]