Custom House Burning - 25 May 1921

At least 5 ADRIC were wounded at Custom House Action

1921 May 25. At about 13.10 hours, information was received from DMP that the Custom House had been rushed by approximately 100 civilians.

The Blue Ensign on the roof of the Custom House was rescued by T/Cadet Robert Stobo Simpson, and taken back to the UK. It was later sold by him through Spinks with a note "The Blue Ensign with the Imperial Crown in the corner, which I now dispose of the Messrs Spink and Son, Ltd, was taken down by me, on the occasion of the burning of the Customs House in Dublin, during the Sinn Fein Troubles, 1921-1922". The flag was purchased by Major Gerald Moutray of Aughnacloy and stayed in his private collection for many years, before being sold in 1951

The IRA casualties were


Capt. Paddy O,Reilly
Lt. Stephen O,Reilly
Dan Head
Eddie Dorins
Sean Doyle


Comdt. T.Ennis
Lt. J.Slattery


A number of civilians were killed

Evidence given by ADRIC men to the inquiry was from DI3 HHR Towse of Q Coy who took 12 men in a lorry plus another detachment on foot and DI2 KF Crang of F Coy with 3 tenders of Auxiliaries

ADRIC men who were at the scene include

F Coy


Q Coy