Four Courts images, 1922 video & colourised photos

The historic Four Courts building is located on the North bank of the Liffey river in Dublin. It's where sittings of the Irish Supreme Court, High, Circuit & District Courts formerly took place. The building was founded by the Duke of Rutland - Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1786, its construction having begun in 1776. The original architect Thomas Cooley, who also designed the Royal Exchange Building - now City Hall, died in 1784 before its completion.
James Gandon was appointed as architect to complete the project, and added features including the four courts to the original designs. Rooftop sculptures by Edward Smyth represent Moses, Authority, Justice & Wisdom. The building was completed in 1802.

Four Courts building, Dublin Ireland
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Irish civil war 1922 historical video clip depicting artillery shelling the Four Courts and fire damage. End of clip features smoke billowing from Gresham Hotel on Sackville Street.
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At the outbreak of the Irish civil war (June 28, 1922 - May 24, 1923), the Four Courts main building's ornate interior & original copper domed rotunda roof sustained extensive damage. It happened during fighting between the Anti-Treaty & Irish Free State forces when the building was shelled with 18-pounder field guns on June 28th 1922.
Before the Anti-Treaty forces surrendered two days later, an explosion within the building started a fire which destroyed the public records office, it contained many irreplaceable documents & historical records.

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