THE PIPERS CORNER – DUBLIN CITY CENTRE PUB
The Pub is at the corner of Sackville Place and Marlborough Street and was previously named the Sean O’Casey Inn.
Sackville Place has had a violent history and until recently I had not realised that there had been two, not one as I had thought, car bombs on the street.
December 1st 1972 At 7.58pm a car bomb detonated in Eden Quay close to Liberty Hall, Dublin. At 8.16pm the second car bomb exploded in Sackville Place. Two men, George Bradshaw (30) and Thomas Duff (23) both CIE bus conductors, were killed in the second explosion.
January 20th, 1973, a car bomb exploded on Sackville Place, killing Thomas Douglas (20), a bus conductor from Sterling in Scotland. He had only been living in Dublin for four months.
There is a memorial, designed by one of the victim’s sons, Mr Tom Duffy. It depicts randomly strewn flowers and a dedication plaque all set into paving stones. It was co-funded by Dublin City Council and CIÉ.