Nelson's Pillar, Dublin Ireland history

The March 8th 1966 explosion which brought Nelson crashing to the ground was carried out under cover of darkness by a rogue Republican element with demolitions expertise. Timed explosive devices were planted within Nelson's pillar and the 13ft high statue of Horatio Nelson which gazed over Dublin's main thoroughfare since 1808 was blown clear of the column. Other than the damage to the pillar & Lord Nelson, no injuries were reported. During the subsequent clean-up operations the Irish Army dynamited the remaining column to demolish it. The area was subsequently a parking area for CIE Dublin buses & colloquially known as Nelsons patch.
Nelson's pillar Dublin
Nelson's pillar, Dublin city.
Nelson's Pillar Dublin under construction 1808, print by G. N. Wright
View of Nelson's Pillar scaffolding while being built in 1808. Print by G.N Wright.
Base of Nelsons Pillar Dublin after 8th March explosion
Dublin Corporation workmen removing debris at base of Nelson's Pillar after an explosion dislodged the statue from its central position on O'Connell Street Dublin, in the early hours of March 8th 1966.
Video of the Irish army blowing up column remainder of Nelson's pillar.
Flowersellers at base of Nelson's Pillar, 1900 Dublin photo
Flowersellers at base of Nelsons Pillar, Dublin 1900.
During excavations in preparation for the construction of the Millennium Spire - which was constructed on the old Pillar site, a sealed time-capsule box was discovered at the Pillar's foundation stone.
Archaeological research had suggested that the foundation stone was associated with a time capsule prepared in 1808 containing coins and newspapers. Unfortunately upon opening the capsule at the National Museum's conservation laboratories it was found to be empty, except for a list of the contents that should have been contained within.
Nelson's Pillar 1931 image, O'Connell Street towards south Dublin
1931 view from Nelsons Pillar, O'Connell Street looking towards Dublin south city.

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