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So why did the air raid siren just go off around Dublin's southside?

Are you near Dublin’s city centre? Did you hear it? We found out what it was.

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IF YOU’RE ON Dublin’s southside, close enough to the city centre, you may have just heard what sounded like an air raid siren going off.

Judging by tweets from people who heard it , it was pretty loud – it could be heard across large parts of the city.

But what exactly was it?

We have checked it out – and there’s no need to worry. The siren was just part of a routine drill by the Defence Forces.

A spokesperson for the Defence Forces told TheJournal.ie that army barracks across the country – in this case, it was the Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines – regularly carry out drills.

The Rathmines drill is often carried out on Friday around noon – so hearing it on a Thursday morning may have surprised some people.  The siren lasted approximately fifteen minutes.

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Drills are often carried out before major holidays – such as Christmas and Easter – the spokesperson said.

So there you have it – get back to your Christmas shopping without any reason to worry. Phew.

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