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The Burning of the Custom House 25th May 1921, by Las Fallon, Available from http://www.kilmainhamtales.ie/order.php
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As featured in the Aug Edition of Fire Cover no.205
It was a privilege to be part of a small ceremony at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham held prior to the National Day of Commemoration when an emergency Service Medal (Air Raid Precautions variant) was presented posthumously to the son of a Dublin Fire Brigade Auxiliary Fire Service Member. Fireman Pierce Moran had driven a fire engine to Belfast as part of the aid sent from Dublin City during the Belfast blitz of 14/15 April 1941. He was again part of a group of firemen who returned to Belfast for a second time after a heavy bombing raid on the 5 May 1941.
Pierce Moran was not awarded the emergency Service Medal after the war as he was entitled too. This came to prominence after a published article Donal Fallon wrote on his blog regarding the aid sent to Belfast in 1941. Pierce Moran’s son contacted Donal to say that his father was one of the firemen involved in the event, he went on to tell of the lack of recognition his father received after the war.
Donal informed his father Las Fallon a serving member of Dublin Fire Brigade he made contact with Pierce Moran’s son who is also called Pierce. Las followed it up through the surviving records and informed Pat Fleming Chief Fire Officer Dublin Fire Brigade.
As they say the rest is history as this morning the son of Pierce Moran was presented with his Fathers medal by the Chief Fire Officer of Dublin Fire Brigade in the presence of the Lord Mayors of Dublin and Belfast. Las Fallon
Photos John Lee
Stick on the Kettle, click on the Steamer below,
Great Northern Railway Steamer from Howth & Merryweather Escape from FST Athy. ex Essex.