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Sunday 4 December 2016

'Clery's windows ran molten from the heat'

The east side of O'Connell Street suffered considerable damage during Easter week.

The picture above was taken outside the destroyed Dublin Bread Company, looking up Sackville (O'Connell) Street towards Nelson's Column - the present-day site of The Spire.

The ruins of Clery's and the Imperial Hotel (located above it) are visible opposite the barely-damaged column. The rebel-occupied building was heavily shelled by British artillery.

"I had the extraordinary experience of seeing the plate-glass windows of Clery's run molten into the channel from the terrific heat," combatant Oscar Traynor recalled.

In the foreground is the shelled Dublin Bread Company tearooms, beside which is a row of destroyed shops, the site of the present day Grand Central Cafe Bar.

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