How the Civil War 'murder gang' tried to take over as judge, jury and executioners
Political violence brings many costs, as Dublin's experience of Civil War illustrates all too clearly
On the night of Bloody Sunday, November 21, 1920, Charlie Dalton thought that he could hear blood dripping from the roof of the safe house where he was staying - the blood of the British officer he had shot that morning on Dublin's Upper Mount Street, spattering on to the floor.
His comrades, among them future Taoiseach Sean Lemass, tried to reassure Dalton that he was hearing no more than a leaky tap. Charlie Dalton was 17 years old.
Two years later Dalton had come up in the world. By late 1922 he was, at just 19 years of age, deputy head of the National (or Free State) Army's Intelligence Department.