Today is the 90th anniversary of Cathal Brugha, who was shot off O'Connell St. Dublin during the Civil War on 5 July 1922 and died on the 7July.
Most of the anti-Treaty fighters under Oscar Traynor escaped from O'Connell Street when the buildings they were holding caught fire, leaving Brugha in command of a small rearguard. On 5 July, he ordered his men to surrender, but refused to do so himself. He then approached the Free State troops, brandishing a revolver. He sustained a bullet wound to the leg which 'severed a major artery causing him to bleed to death'. He died on 7 July 1922, 11 days before his 48th birthday. He had been re-elected as an anti-Treaty TD for Waterford at the 1922 general election but died before the Dáil assembled. He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.