Galway tree-planting to mark anniversary of Hiroshima bomb

A tree will be planted in Galway city today, to mark the 71st anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb.

The atomic bomb, which was dropped in the Japanese city at the end of World War two, resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people.

Peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy will plant the cherry blossom in Eyre Square during a ceremony at 2pm this afternoon.

The uranium weapon - called 'Little Boy' and dropped from B29 bomber Enola Gay - killed an estimated 140,000 people during the Second World War.

A second plutonium-based bomb dropped on Nagasaki three days later, killing around 74,000 and resulted in Japan surrendering on August 15, 1945.


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