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The chequered military history of Loop Head can be pieced together from relics dating from the 15th century (see Carrigaholt Castle) right up to the 20th. Several gun batteries such as the one at Kilcredaun, built in 1814, were erected around the coast to help repel a French invasion during the Napoleonic wars.

You’ll also find vestiges of Loop Head’s WW2 defences. At the tip of the peninsula you’ll see the word ‘EIRE’ in large, whitewashed letters. There were 83 such signs along the Irish coast, alerting pilots that they were entering neutral airspace. The one at Loop Head, put there in 1943, had all but disappeared until a team of local volunteers excavated it in 2011.

Near the Eire sign is the ruin of a WW2 Lookout Post, from which local members of the Defence Forces’ Coast Watching Service scanned for military activities at sea. There is a similar Lookout Post at Kilcredaun.

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2 comments on Military History

  1. Paul Guckian

    Pity the The Lookout Post cannot be rebuilt to the way it was at the time of Emergency as a history tourism project with information on the lookout posts, photos of the time etc. It would go well with the nearby Lighthouse being open to the public.

  2. Ellen Keane

    I agree with the above comments. My name is Ellen Keane and my father was one of the lookout post volunteers. He is mentioned in the exhibition inside the lighthouse..

    Over the past 50 or so years since my first visit to my fathers home, we have always gone back to the lookout post. Gradually recording its demise. Sadly it has now fallen completely soon there will be nothing to show that throughout the war years local men kept in touch with Dublin who then informed London of enemy sightings be it aircraft or shipping. They played an invaluable part in maintaining our freedom.

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