On 17 May 1974 a series of car bombs exploded in Dublin and Monaghan killing 33 and injuring almost 300 people.

The first bomb went off at 5.28 pm on Parnell Street; the second at 5.30 pm on Talbot Street; and the third at 5.32 pm on South Leinster Street. This footage shows the devastation and damage on the streets of Dublin in the aftermath of the explosion.

A fourth car bomb exploded at 7.58 pm in the town of Monaghan.

In 1993 the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) claimed responsibility for the attacks.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 May 1974. The footage shown here is mute.

Aftermath of bomb in South Leinster Street (1974)
South Leinster Street, Dublin.

Dublin Car Bombs - Talbot Street
Talbot Street, Dublin.

A line of men stand behind the remains of a shattered window, in a shop on Talbot Street
A line of men stand behind the remains of a shattered window, in a shop on Talbot Street.

Aftermath of bomb in Talbot Street (1974)
Aftermath of bomb in Talbot Street.

Photos by Tom Holton taken on 17 May 1974.