The Dalkey Tidy Towns team is now ready for the official unveiling of the restored World War II-era ÉIRE sign at Hawk Cliff below the Vico Road.
This past summer the rediscovered information panel — one of 80 installed around the coastline during what was known as the ‘Emergency’ in neutral Ireland — was returned to its original condition, as reported on RTÉ News.
The work over half a year involved 1,700 hours of excavation, the lifting, cleaning and restoration of 100 tonnes of stones, the application of four tonnes of dry mortar as well as 170 litres of lighthouse paint.
The ÉIRE panel was rediscovered soon after the remnants of a sign on nearby Bray Head were spotted among a host of archaeological finds across the country revealed from the air after the drought of summer 2018.
Dalkey Tidy Towns will officially unveil the Hawk Cliff sign next Tuesday 24 September at 3pm in what it promises to be a “special occasion” with an Air Corps flyover, weather permitting.