Amidst growing concerns about potential invasions, the Limerick Harbour Board recently convened to discuss certain protective measures for the city’s port. In a communication from Colonel Cotter, the commander of the Royal Engineers in Cork, various strategies were proposed, including a crucial collaboration between the Admiralty and the War Office.
Colonel Cotter’s message came as a response to a confidential note issued by the War Department, addressed to all port and dock authorities throughout the United Kingdom. His suggestions for safeguarding Limerick’s Docks included the installation of a boom, in addition to torpedo netting provided by the Admiralty. Moreover, he recommended posting an infantry guard, supplied by the War Office, to ensure the continuous protection of the city’s vital infrastructure during times of potential conflict.
Despite the importance of securing Limerick’s port against possible invasions, the Harbour Board failed to reach a consensus and remained indecisive on Colonel Cotter’s proposals. Meanwhile, the city’s inhabitants seem to share the Board’s complacency, with many appearing indifferent to the looming threats their city might face.
This lack of urgency raises concerns about Limerick’s overall preparedness for an invasion, and its potential consequences on its key facilities, such as the docks, which remain vulnerable. Without a definite plan in place, the city’s future hangs in the balance, putting the lives and livelihoods of its citizens at risk.
Coventry Evening Telegraph – Tuesday 23 October 1900