It may not be widely known that the Custom House was a War of Independence target before the Burning. In fact the previous year the IRA invaded the building attempting to capture arms but withdrew for tactical reasons. At that time O/C Dublin Brigade was Dick McKee, the man who had many times pressed GHQ to attack the place. Sadly he did not survive to see it go up in flames ten months later.Anyone who has read Liz Gillis’s book 25 May – Burning of the Custom House 1921 will have noted her account and interesting conclusions about the raid in chapter 4.Here’s our take on the abortive operation, based on the reports in newspaper archives and the account by ...

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