A fitting commemoration to heroes of Belfast Blitz
It is 75 years since death rained out of the sky as German bombers over Belfast blitzed the poorly protected city. The sheer terror of those nights between Easter and May 4, 1941 is hard to imagine at this remove, but the scale of destruction and the loss of almost 1,000 lives left a lasting impression on all who lived through them.
Belfast was targeted because it was an important port and manufacturing base for the Allied war effort. The commemoration held last night at The Oval football ground - itself almost destroyed in the Blitz - was a fitting tribute to the heroism of so many, including fire crews from the Free State who helped in our hour of need, as well as to those who died.