After several previous attempts which all resulted in minor damage, Irish Nationalists have finally succeeded in destroying the Lord Gough statue n Phoenix Park, Dublin.
G.V. PAN. FROM PEDASTAL OF MEMORIAL DOWN TO WRECKAGE.
S.V. HIND QUARTERS OF HORSE.
S.V. PEDASTAL OF MEMORIAL.
S.C.U. NAME OF GOUGH ON BASE.
S.V.PAN HORSE'S HEAD PAN TO BROKE TORSO OF STATUE.
S. TOP. V. VARIOUS BITS OF STATUTE.
S.V. BACK OF HORSE WITH TORSO IN FOREGROUND.
S.C.U. ARM OF STATUE.
S.V. OTHER BITS OF STATUE.
S.V. PAN PEDASTAL PAN TO HIND QUARTERS OF HORSE.
L.V. PAN PEDASTAL PAN TO CROWD.
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Background: After several previous attempts which all resulted in minor damage, Irish Nationalists have finally succeeded in destroying the Lord Gough statue n Phoenix Park, Dublin.
Soon after midnight on Tuesday, July 22, a loud explosion was heard all over Dublin and police who rushed to the ark found the shattered statue lying on the ground.
Within minutes of the explosion, special branch detective had converged on the park ??? squad cars and cordoned off the area - questioning all motorists in the vicinity.
Designed by the noted Irish sculptors, J.H. Foley R. A. and T. Brock, the statue has been the object of numerous attacks. Over two years ago an attempt was made to blow up the statue, when the rear leg was blown off.
More recently, the entire figure was daubed with red paint.
After the recent outrage, daylight revealed that the head of the statue had been blown off and the legs of the horse severed. The pedestal was also severely damaged.
A Tipperary landowner who died 90 years ago, Lord Gough commanded the 22nd Foot at a difficult time in Ireland until 1826. But most of his fighting was abroad, at Talavera, where he was severely wounded, and in India.
Excepting the Duke of Wellington, he is said to have commanded in more actions than any other officer of the 19th century. In Tipperary he was a popular and respected figure.
Exactly a century ago, he was made a K.P., the first knight of this order without an Irish peerage.