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Oireachtas Library marks centenary of the burning of the Custom House

18 May 2021, 17.26

A 19th century sketch of Gandon’s Custom House

This month the Oireachtas Library is marking the centenary of the burning of the Custom House during the War of Independence.

In 1921, the Custom House was a major centre of the British administration in Ireland. On 25 May 1921 a large force of IRA volunteers stormed the building. They set a fire that would last five days, gutting the interior and destroying centuries of government records.

The Library’s display comprises prints of the Custom House designed by Gandon in 1791 and its predecessor built in 1707 beside Essex Bridge.

The Library’s monthly display continues to be virtual while many staff continue to work from home.

To find out more, visit the digital exhibition of the documents in the display case.