The Shelling of the Four Courts

The Irish Independence Film Collection
Directed by:
Topical Film Company
Produced by:
Topical Film Company


1 min
Silent with English Intertitles

The Battle of Dublin was a week of street battles in Dublin from June 28th to July 5th 1922 that marked the beginning of the Irish Civil War. At this time, the Four Courts were occupied by Republican Forces like Rory O’Connor, who is described here as being ‘the last of the Rebels’. Six months after the Anglo-Irish Treaty ended the recent Irish War of Independence, the Civil War was fought between the forces of the new Provisional Government and a section of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that opposed the Treaty.

This remarkable footage highlights the events that happened in Dublin, the devastating use of artillery by the rebels against the Four Courts and the shootings and battles around O’Connell Street, Abbey Street and Portobello Bridge.