Demolition of Nelson's Pillar

On 8 March 1966 Nelson’s Pillar on O’Connell Street, Dublin was bombed. The pillar was so badly damaged that it was decided that it should be demolished all together. As is evident from this footage, the army demolition caused much more damage to O’Connell Street and its environs than the actual bombing.

Presented here is footage of the detonation of the remains of the pillar and the destruction that ensued. This footage is edited from rushes filmed on 14 March 1966 when the army demolished the remainder of the pillar.

Ruins of Nelson's PillarA view of Nelson's Pillar in ruins on the day it was bombed, 8 March, 1966.

See Nelson's Pillar prior to the bombing.

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Note: We have used the commonly referred to term of "Nelson's Pillar". The pillar was in fact called "Nelson Pillar".

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