When Daniel McAleese arrived for work in the Custom House on 25 May 1921, he had no idea he would witness one of the major events in the fight for Irish Independence. Daniel`s account of the Burning is very important as we get the view of an innocent bystander caught up in all the mayhem. He shows great respect for the Volunteers and does not paint them as corner boys or thugs, which some historians seem to do these days. Also, he shows the brutality shown towards members of the public by the Auxiliaries, who are also now being made respectable in some quarters of revisionism.Here is what happened in Daniel’s own words.“Around 1 p.m. on that memorable day in ...

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