MEMORIAL PLAQUE – NORTH KING STREET MASSACRE OF 1916 [AT THE DUBLINEBIKES DOCKING STATION 101]
I must admit that I had been unaware of the North King Street Massacre until I saw the memorial plaque in 2015.
Towards the end of the Easter Rising, on Friday April 28th, 1916, some of the fiercest fighting and the worst atrocity against civilians in the week-long insurrection took place.
Infuriated with the losses they had suffered, on late Friday evening and early Saturday morning, British troops broke into the homes of the locals and shot or bayoneted 15 civilian men whom they accused of being rebels. They killed three men at 170 North Kings Street whose dead bodies were found to have bayonet wounds, then broke into number 172 and killed two men. In number 174 two more were shot dead. Two more civilian men were killed at number 177 and in 27 North King Street another four men, who all worked there at the Louth Dairy were found dead in a basement and one more man was killed at number 91. The fifteenth James Moore was shot dead on adjoining Little Britain Street by the British troops. And there may have been a 16th killed on nearby Coleraine Street, though it is not clear who killed him.