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On May 25, 1921 the Irish Republican Army launched its largest and most audacious operation of the War of Independence when it attacked the Custom House in Dublin, the heart of the British administration in Ireland.
This attack was a pivotal moment in the War of Independence and, less than seven weeks later, a truce was arranged between both sides as England called for peace talks.

In addition to the book by Liz Gillis on the burning, published by Kilmainham Tales Teo., we have also produced a badge based on the design shown here to commemorate the attack and all the people involved.

The central image on the badge is the Custom House itself as seen from the Liffey. This, in fact, is the rere of the building, but is the side most familiar to Dubliners.

The badge is only available from Kilmainham Tales Teo. and costs €5 each plus post and packing. You can buy it here:
The badge is circular, 25mm wide (chosen to represent the date - 25 May 2021), and displays in blue enamel the words "Custom House - Teach an Chustaim" and the date of the attack "25.5.1921".

Rising from the Custom House  are three distinct flames, each represent one of the three bodies of people involved - The IRA, the Crown Forces and the Civilians caught up in the attack.

The badge is in hard enamel, and has a butterfly clutch on the back, making it suitable for use on coat lapels, as a tie pin or a scarf clutch.


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