On this day in 1921, over 100 IRA Volunteers stormed the Custom House in Dublin, the centre of Local Government and burnt it.
A great propaganda stroke for the Irish Republic's cabinet, who were engaged in behind the scenes talks for a truce.
But also a rather cynical action that targeted an undefended building, one of the finest in Dublin, and which put at risk a large number of inexperienced and badly armed Volunteers and also the civilians who worked there. Five Volunteers and three civlians were killed. Over 80 Volunteers were captured.
Article on it here Today in Irish History, The Burning of the Custom House, May 25, 1921 | The Irish Story