At the age of 17 IRA Engineer Dan Rooney took part in the Burning.Many decades later he told an old Custom House comrade of an event involving him during the attack. Something he believed had triggered the alarm call to Dublin Castle, unleashing the untimely intervention by crown forces.Could that be in any way true? Or just the exaggerations of a teenager, as his granddaughter Sharon is amused to think?Background – Dan’s BattalionThe Engineers Battalion was formed from members of the 4 Dublin City Battalions who had particular technical skills or trades. It was numbered the 5th Battalion with four sections, like the ASU. At the Burning as a unit the Engineers had one vital and specific mission – to ...

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