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Dublin Life in 1597: Gunpowder,Explosions and Strikes.

On March 11th, 1597 an enormous explosion ripped through the heart of Dublin destroying the area around the western end of  modern Templebar . The story behind the explosion is one of the rare occasions when the poor, normally forgotten by history, were brought centre stage and their story is not what you might expect. They are not kowtowing to aristocrats or rich merchants but confidently claiming what they felt was theirs.

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