Dublin Port’s Emergency Story: LDF Veteran – Oliver Joseph Doyle

Dublin Port’s Emergency Story
LDF veteran – Oliver Joseph Doyle

Oliver is seen here with his daughter Rita in Lucan Lodge Nursing Home. (Photograph by Michael Coyne)


As part of our newest project on Dublin Port during the Emergency (1939 – 1946) period we met today and interviewed Oliver Joseph Doyle from Stella Gardens, Irishtown, Dublin.


Oliver who is 98, worked as a iron moulder, but during the Emergency he served with the Local Defence Force (LDF). He first served with an infantry unit based in the RDS before transferring to an anti-aircraft unit in Ringsend.


The anti-aircraft positions around Dublin were vital to the defence of Dublin Port. Oliver told us that his father, Mathew Doyle, also served with the Maritime Inscription and LDF in Dublin Port.

Thank you to Lucan Lodge Nursing Home for facilitating our meeting today.

Posted in: Irish Army, Irish Defence Forces, Irish Veteran, Óglaigh na hÉireann, The Emergency 1939 - 1946

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