Name of baby Martha O’Neill added to memorial marking 1974 Dublin bombings

Baby Martha’s mother was six-months pregnant at the time of the bombing on Parnell Street in 1974

The name of a baby has been added to the 1974 Dublin Bombings memorial on Talbot Street by Dublin City Council.

Martha O’Neill’s name was etched into the granite memorial, erected in 1997 by Dublin City Council to commemorate the 33 people initially killed in the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings of May 17th, 1974.

Martha’s father, Edward John O’Neill, was one of the 33 who died and two of her brothers were badly injured. Mr O’Neill’s wife, Martha, was six-months pregnant at the time.

Three months later, as a result of the trauma, baby Martha was stillborn at full-term. Baby Martha was formally recognised as one of the victims of the bombing and was recognised in the report of the Commission of Investigation into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.


Reacting to the news, baby Martha’s brother Edward said: “On behalf of my family I would like to acknowledge the tremendous assistance offered to the family by Dublin City Council in our endeavours to have this name inserted onto the monument.

“The last 48 years since the murder of our father and the injuries to myself and my brother have been traumatic for us. Now that this has been done our sister’s name can be seen by everyone and acknowledged. It has been an emotional experience that remains with us to this day.”