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PostSubject: On this day 24 April in Irish History   Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:17 pm

24 April 1914: 35,000 rifles and 5 million rounds of ammunition were landed at Larne from the Clyde Valley in order to arm the Ulster Volunteer Force so as to allow them to resist by force if necessary the enactment of Home Rule and the establishment of an All Ireland Parliament in Dublin.

24 April 1916: The Easter Rising/ Amach na Cásca began.

The Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army seized various locations around the centre of Dublin including:

The GPO; The Four Courts; Boland's Mill, Jacob’s biscuit factory; St. Stephen's Green and strategic buildings such as the South Dublin Union (now St. James' Hospital) as well as important approaches to the city such as Mount Street Bridge. Outbreaks of street fighting in the City commenced as the insurgents engaged members of the Crown Forces and endeavoured to secure their positions.

Outside the GPO Padraig Pearse read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic which began thus:

IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom….

It was signed by: Thomas J. Clarke; Sean Mac Diarmada; Thomas MacDonagh P. H. Pearse, Eamon Ceannt; James Connolly and Joseph Plunkett.

The insurgents were distributed as follows:

Insurgents in the GPO fired upon British Lancers in Sackville St forcing them to flee. There was fighting at St Stephens Green, Dublin Castle, O’Connell St. and the North Wall.

Commandant Daly seized the British Army’s Linen Hall Barracks in north central Dublin.

24 April 1993: An IRA bomb exploded in the City of London. The bomb ripped through the heart of the City, killing one and injuring more than 40. The explosion shook buildings and shattered hundreds of windows, sending glass showering down into the streets below. A mediaeval church, St Ethelburga's, collapsed; another church and Liverpool Street underground station were also wrecked. The cost of repairing the damage was been estimated at more than £1bn.

Last edited by Ard-Taoiseach on Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:35 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : to add more detail.)
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