Here is a photo from one of the darker days in Irish history.
The Burning of Cork by British forces took place on the night of 11–12 December 1920, during the Irish War of Independence. It followed an Irish Republican Army (IRA) ambush of a British Auxiliary patrol in the city, which wounded twelve Auxiliaries, one fatally. In retaliation, the Auxiliaries, Black and Tans and British soldiers looted and burnt numerous buildings in the city centre. Many civilians reported being beaten, shot at, and robbed by British forces. Firefighters testified that British forces hindered their attempts to tackle the blazes through intimidation, cutting their hoses and shooting at them.
More than 40 business premises, 300 residential properties, the City Hall and Carnegie Library were destroyed by the fire. Over £3 million worth of damage (equivalent to €172 million today) was wrought, 2,000 were left jobless and many more became homeless. Two unarmed IRA volunteers were shot dead in the north of the city.
British forces carried out other reprisals on Irish civilians during the war, but the burning of Cork was one of the most significant. The British government at first denied that its forces had started the fires, and blamed the IRA. Later, a British Army inquiry concluded that a company of Auxiliaries were responsible.
And another one from the Giants Causeway! 😂 Are ye sick of these yet? I have only one or two more to post from here and then I’m done till my next visit. This was the last photo I took at the Giants Causeway! There was a guy sitting at the top for hours so I waited till he left. I didn’t realize for ages but I spotted some people at the very top of the hill while I was taking the photo. I was wondering how they got there because it is pretty far away. There is a walk that goes for miles along the cliff side and up to the top which looked amazing. Added to the list for next time. How cool would a photo be from the top of that mountain? 😍