The destruction of the Four Courts in Dublin during a battle between Irish nationalists over the Anglo-Irish Treaty marks the beginning of the Civil War in Ireland.

On 28 July 1922, the Irish Civil War began when the National Army led by General Emmet Dalton attacked an anti-treaty force led by Rory O'Connor and Liam Mellows that had been occupying the Four Courts on the quays in Dublin since April. After almost three days of fighting, shooting and shelling, there was an explosion at the Four Courts resulting in a fire which destroyed many of the buildings and the Public Records Office.

Captured here are some photographs from the RTÉ Cashman Collection held in the RTÉ Photographic Archive. The photographs show the Four Courts during the attack and the devastation caused to the building in the aftermath of the explosion.

A front view of the destruction of the Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin in June 1922. RTÉ Archives Photographic Archive Cashman Collection
RTÉ Archives, Cashman Collection 0507/061
The Four Courts Bombardment (1922) RTÉ Archives Photographic Archive, Cashman Collection 0504/069
RTÉ Archives, Cashman Collection 0504/069
The Four Courts Bombardment (1922) RTÉ Archives Photographic Archive, Cashman Collection 0507/063
RTÉ Archives, Cashman Collection 0507/063
The Four Courts Damage (1922) RTÉ Photographic Archives, Cashman Collection 0504/071
RTÉ Archives, Cashman Collection 0504/071
Damage to the Four Courts (1922) RTÉ Photographic Archive, Cashman Collection, 0504/067
RTÉ Archives, Cashman Collection, 0504/067