Time Running out – Save Moore St | The Aghadavoyle Train Ambush

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Time Running out – Save Moore St

At the beginning of June the British-based property company Hammerson lodged three planning applications for major developments on and around Moore Street. The applications will effectively destroy much of the 1916 Rising Heritage of the site. Some of the buildings in the terrace that runs for 10-25 Moore Street and where the last meeting of the 1916 leaders was held, and scores of those evacuated from the burning GPO took shelter, will be demolished under the Hammerson plan.

The Aghadavoyle Train Ambush

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One lesser known aspect of the visit to Ireland by George V occurred in South Armagh two days after the Belfast pomp and ceremony of the opening of the Parliament in Belfast City Hall. On the 24th June three trains carrying the trappings for the opening of the Parliament, as well as members of the 10th Royal Hussars Regiment, a cavalry unit which had acted as the personal bodyguard to the British King, were heading south to the Curragh British military camp in County Kildare. Volunteers from the 4th Northern Division of the IRA, mostly from South Armagh, under the direction of Frank Aiken ambushed the last train which was carrying the Hussars and their horses in the townland of Achadh Aileóg, a few miles from the Aghadavoyle train station.

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