Reynolds News, 7-23-39
“Irish Civic Guards will relentlessly crush any effort
to create disorder in Eire, but they will not be allowed
to pass on information or make arrests on British
Warrants, where the terrorists are concened.
The reason is not that Mr. deValera has any sym-
pathy with the I. R. A. but Irishmen who strongly
disapprove of the bombings, would strongly protest,
if the Irish Police handed over Irishmen wanted in
England: on what Ireland regards as political charges,
Scotland Yard men who recently went to Dublin,
with names and details, were told to go home. Irish
detectives, in fact, told them unofficially that they
regarded their presence as ‘damned impertinence.”
Reynolds News, 7-20-39
Early this morning, firemen from all parts of Lon-
don were called to a fire which swept through
The alarm was given late last night. A quarter of
an hour afterwards, flames were leaping 40 to 50
feet in the air and the glow could be seen for
several miles from rooftops in London.. . . Burning
debris fell in all directions . .. Flames burnt through
the arches of the Southern Railway Bridge, which
crosses Stoney Street and set fire to the tracks .. .
All trains to Charing Cross and Cannon Street
Stations were stopped and electric light and gas
were cut off in adjoining buildings over a large area.
Within 45 minutes the whole of London Bridge
and Cannon Street Station were plunged into
Cannon Street Station was closed for two days
while temporary repairs were made.
The death of the Scottish doctor in the King’s
Cross explosion aroused the deepest sympathy not
only in England, where of course it was hysterically
exploited, but also in Ireland. The spontaneous ex-
planation of one of the deportees showed that con-
trary to English propaganda, there had been no
decision to make the campaign more ruthless or
involve avoidable bloodshed. Rather there was a
failure in the timing device—usually a simple alarm
clock electric contact arrangement—which caused the
bomb to go off many hours before the due hour.
Since we have NOT German technicians to help, our
occasional inefficiencies or failures must be excused
... In a 7 months campaign England has suffered
two fatalities, the I. R. A. three.
Irish Bulletin 12th August, ’39
Official Organ I. R. A.
BIG FIRE ON SECRET DUMP
Fire broke out yesterday on the British Admiralty
property known in West Cumberland as “The Dump”
at Great Broughton near Cockermouth and the pur-
pose of which has not been disclosed . . . Officials
would make no statement. Huge volumes of smoke
were seen from miles away.
An incendiary bomb exploded in the cloak room
of the parcel office at Wolverhampton G. W. R.
Station at 5:30 a.m. No one was injured.
An explosion and fire occurred at the Electric
power station at Thinford near Spennymoor.. Dur-
ham and plunged Spennymoor and surrounding dist-
trict in darkness. Cinema performances were aban-
A woman resident of the Albemarle Court Hotel,
Leinster Gardens W., found that her bed was smoul-
dering, when she entered her bedroom on the top
floor . . . by the time the firemen arrived the room
was in flames.
Fires broke out in two well known London Hotels.
Well-dressed Irish Colleens had engaged rooms in
them and forgot to come back for their grips.
Armed Royal Marine Police who guard the Royal
Dockyards are now on duty at British Naval Ports.
The decision to arm the police was made when
the naval authorities received what purported to be
a threatening letter from the I. R. A. indicating that
an attempt would be made to cause fires and ex-
plosios at Portsmouth Dockyard.
“London has begun to blow up of its own volition
according to the newspapers of August 5th, 1939
who in turn took their cue from those who direct
“official sources’. Not wishing probably to admit
that it could have been caused by “Irish Outlaws”
who had already been rounded up and deported the
papers said that an explosion which rocked London
was the result of an accident. The panic was worse
than anything witnessed in England before.”
Wolfe Tone Weekly
HOLE 30 ft. DEEP:
RESULT OF LONDON EXPLOSION
Evening Mail, 8-5-39
“Heavy rain and grey skies early to-day heightened
the desolation round the scene of the great explosion
which rocked the City of London last night .. .
Tons of debris were piled tightly round damaged
premises . . . Pieces of lead roofing can be seen
hanging from the topmost girders where they were
flung by the mighty blast of the explosion... A
large contingent of reserve police officers were
drafted to the scene . . . the whole of the affected
area was enclosed .. . The crater in the roadway
torn by the explosion is estimated to be about 30
feet deep. It is still partly filled with a mass. of
masonry, glass and splintered woodwork.” ‘