January 13 1966 AD: Near Miss For Nelson’s Pillar

Penultimate unsuccessful IRA plot to detonate 1000lbs of gelignite under Nelson Pillar in Dublin’s O’Connell Street – the plan fails when an IRA unit unfamiliar with the capital’s geography is pressed into service in pitch darkness at dead of night. The resultant explosion fells three trees in St Anne’s Park in leafy coastal Clontarf, killing eight pigeons and a woodcock. Naturalists condemn the outrage. In London, the Queen and her government feel cosy and safe, but for how long?

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