Half the group began the day by visiting by visiting Epic - The Irish Emigration Museum
After that the groups switched and we headed of the the Valuation Office. "The Valuation Office is Ireland's State property valuation body. Our core business is the valuation of commercial and industrial property for commercial rates purposes."
Then I walked to the Four Courts.Unfortunately there was a lot of construction and stuff blocking the view and I couldn't get a good picture.
This is where the Battle of Dublin took place in 1922. From Wikipedia:
"The Battle of Dublin was a week of street battles in Dublin from 28 June to 5 July 1922 that marked the beginning of the Irish Civil War. Six months after the Anglo-Irish Treaty ended the recent Irish War of Independence, it was fought between the forces of the new Provisional Government and a section of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that opposed the Treaty. The Irish Citizen Army also became involved in the Battle, supporting the anti-Treaty IRA in the O'Connell Street area. The fighting began with an assault by Provisional Government forces on the Four Courts building, and ended in a decisive victory for the Provisional Government."
"Several hours before the surrender, at either 11:30 or 2:15 the Irish Public Record Office located in the western block of the Four Courts, which had been used as an ammunition store by the Four Courts garrison, was the center of a huge explosion, destroying 1000 years of Irish state and religious archives."
So, apparently, storing ammunition and old historical records in the same building is not a good idea.