American Football at Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast
7th March 2018
The first game of American Football in Europe during WW2 was played at the Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast between "Yarvard" and "Hale" on 14th November 1942.
Baseball in Northern Ireland
2nd March 2018
By 1942, America had joined World War Two and those men based in Northern Ireland brought some home comforts including the national past time of baseball.
Lisnabreeny American Cemetery, Rocky Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Lisnabreeny in the Castlereagh Hills once was the site of an American Military Cemetery in Belfast. 148 servicemen were buried there between 1943 and 1948.
Eisenhower Pier, Bangor, Co. Down
General Dwight D Eisenhower, President of the USA visited Bangor on the 18th and 19th May 1944 leading up to D-Day. The northern pier now bears his name.
City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Belfast City Hall opened in 1906 and has come through much in its history. There are several connections with World War Two, many are still standing today.
Ballyholme Bay, Bangor, Co. Down
In 1944, Ballyholme Bay in Bangor was a hive of activity. Shipyards carried out work for the Admiralty and US Navy landing ship craft beached off the shore.
Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company HQ, Belfast
Between 1942 and 1944, Northern Ireland hosted tens of thousands of US troops. The 3878th Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company were based at Lisnabreeny.