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Monday 23 October 2017

Cafe was rebels' sniper and observation post

The Dublin Bread Company (DBC) stood on Lower Sackville (now O'Connell Street), just south of the junction with Lower Abbey Street.

A tearoom and restaurant, the six-storey building was landmark in the area. It was occupied on Easter Monday, with rebels also taking an adjacent building housing a radio school, to transmit broadcasts.

During the week, the copper tower on the DBC building was used as an observation post by rebels and to fire on British army snipers on the roof of Trinity College and on Aston Quay.

Under shellfire from the Helga gunboat on the Liffey, the DBC was evacuated on Wednesday and ablaze the following day, as fires spread from the blazing Hoyte's chemists on the corner of Lower Abbey Street.

By the weekend the building was destroyed.

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