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On May 25, 1921 the IRA launched one of its largest and most audacious operations when it attacked Dublin’s Custom House, the heart of the British administration in Ireland.

Many still view this as a military failure that destroyed the IRA’s Second Battalion in Dublin but, over the last number of years, this view has grown to be challenged.

Now it can be argued that the operation was, in fact, a success which probably helped bring about a truce and the subsequent Treaty negotiations.

Liz Gillis (historian and author of six books on Ireland’s early 20th century revolutionary period) and Mícheál Ó Doibhilín (author of four books and publisher of books on Irish history) are hosting a conference in the Custom House, Dublin on the burning of the Custom House, Dublin in 1921.

   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.
Space is limited at this important conference so book your tickets now through here - Eventbright.
Speakers including historians Seán Hogan (author), Las Fallon (two books), Paul O'Brien (eight books), Liz Gillis, Mícheál Ó Doibhilín and Cmdnt. MacEoin (Bureau of Military History) will present the results of their research into the attack and its consequences.
    Topics include the attack itself, the role of the Fire Brigade, a military analysis of the attack, fire as a weapon, what it was like to be in the building during the attack and the records available in the BMH. A panel discussion with the speakers will conclude the day.
Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin.
Saturday 27 May,
9.30 am-4.00 pm.
Tickets: €10 per person
(includes a €5 discount off the new book "MAY 25 - burning of the Custom House 1921" which will be launched at the conference - €18.50 in the shops, only €13.50 at the Conference).
Tickets available from Eventbright here
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