Drone footage unsuspectingly captures remnants of historic WWII Éire sign.
An Irish cameraman stumbled upon another WWII Éire sign while capturing drone footage of Fanad Head Lighthouse in Donegal recently.
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TG4 cameraman Setanta Ó Dochartaigh was filming for an upcoming Irish language feature on the history of the famous Donegal lighthouse when, during editing, he noticed a number 9 etched into the grass nearby to the lighthouse.
Researching what the number 9 could have meant, Ó Dochartaigh learned that it was part of a series of Éire signs that were used around Ireland during WWII.
Fanad Head Lighthouse was in actuality Éire sign number 79.
In the 1940s, the Éire signs were erected to be used as signposts all around the coasts of Ireland during World War II.
While Ireland was a neutral nation in the second World War, many German and American planes would have been using Irish airspace. The signposts were meant to help guide them.
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Earlier in the year, another Éire sign was discovered by the Irish Air Corps when gorse fires tore through Bray in Co Wicklow.
An online project, EireMarkings.org, is now working to track all of the Eire signposts around Ireland, of which there is an estimated 85.
Below is the video that Setanta Ó Dochartaigh was working on for the TG4 Irish language program Molscéal. The number 9 is visible at 1:28.
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