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Who Burnt Cork City? 192026-02-2017

The Burning of Cork by British forces took place on the night of 11–12 December 1920, during the Irish War of Independence. It followed an Irish Republican Army (IRA) ambush of a British Auxiliary patrol in the city, in which one of the patrol was killed and eleven wounded. In retaliation, Auxiliaries, Black and Tans and British soldiers set fire to a number of houses and then looted and burnt numerous buildings in the city centre. Many civilians also reported being beaten, shot at, robbed and verbally abused by British forces. Fire-fighters later testified that British forces hindered their attempts to tackle the blazes by intimidating them, shooting at them and cutting their hoses.

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Who Burnt Cork City? 1920