Glen Of Imaal Incident 1941

#OnThisDay 1941 Sixteen Irish soldiers are killed when the anti-tank mine they were training with prematurely exploded in the Glen of Imaal. It is considered to be the worst incident for the Irish @defenceforces.

In 1958 a stained glass window commemorating the sixteen dead was installed in the the church in McKee Barracks. In September 1986, a memorial was unveiled in the Glen of Imaal, consisting of sixteen rick-stones and sixteen Ash trees arranged in a semi-circle around a 14 ton basalt stone. A polished granite plaque on the rock names the dead:
  • Lieutenant M. J. McLoughlin, Green Park Road, Rostrevor, Down.
  • 2nd Lieutenant S Fennessy, Balltfermot, Chapelizod, Dublin.
  • 2nd Lieutenant P. T. O’Neill, Dunceallaigh, Ferranferris, Cork
  • 2nd Lieutenant J J Brereton, 3 Adelaide Terract, Summerhill, Cork
  • Sergeant T Stokes, 10 Oaklands Park, Sandymount, Dublin. Sergeant T Stokes was the son of John J Stokes who fought at Boland’s Mills during the 1916 Rising. John J Stokes drowned while attempting to rescue a bather at Ringsend in June 1940.
  • Gunner J Murphy, 57 Mount Drummond Square, Harold’s Cross, Dublin.
  • Gunner J McDonnell, 190 Carrow Road, North Crumlin, Dublin.
  • Corporal C Heffernan, Dublin Road, Kilbeggan
  • Corporal D Cleary, Ballinamuck, Dungarvan, Waterford.
  • Corporal J Taylor, 78 Ferguson Road, Drumcondra, Dublin.
  • Corporal E Kennedy, 4 Jones’s Road, Drumcondra, Dublin.
  • Company Sergeant P McMahon, 14 Usher’s Island, Dublin.
  • Sergeant M Scullion, Lurtybrack, Letterkenny.
  • Gunner J Osborne, 38 Summerhill, Dublin.
  • Private J O’Hagan, 14 Brookvale Road, Donnybrook, Dublin. Died later in hospital from injuries received:
  • Corporal William Shannon, 14 Mayfield Terrace, Balinteer, Dundrum, County Dublin.

Pictured below are just three of the deceased.


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Glen of Imaal Three

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