11th December 1920 The burning of Cork

At 7:30pm on Saturday the 11th of December the newly formed Auxiliary Police section of the R.I.C was ambushed near Dillon’s Cross on the way to Victoria Barracks (Collins Barracks). A number of bombs were thrown at the Lorries carrying the Auxiliaries and several were wounded and one killed. This ambush sparked violent and bloody reprisals throughout the city and lead to the infamous Burning of Cork, which lead to over 2,000 people being out of work, 57 businesses being destroyed, 200 buildings being damaged and an estimated total of two and a half million pounds worth of damage.


Eoin Long, Cork Central Museum, Cork Central Library, Irish bureau of military history