Bombing of Skerries Civic Guards barracks during the Civil War, February 1923

Gerard Shannon

In the early hours of 11th Feburary 1923, the barracks on Stand Street for members of the new police force, the Civic Guards, was bombed by members of the anti-Treaty IRA. The event was a rare example in both Skerries and wider Fingal of the chaos engulfing the country during the bitter events of the Irish Civil War. While no casualties resulted, archival material reveal how the ordinary people on Skerries were nonetheless impacted by events and attempted to claim compensation, giving a fascinating insight into the social history of the period