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In Belfast, the unveiling of a statue in Dublin to Daniel O'Connell touches off anti-Catholic demonstrations

Ireland, 1857, zoomable map
08/08/1864
Following the dedication of a statue to the Catholic politician Daniel O'Connell in Dublin, Protestant crowds in Belfast made a counter-demonstration, burned O'Connell in effigy, and assaulted people in the streets.  These disturbances would erupt into full-scale rioting in Belfast with Protestants attacking Catholics and Catholics responding in kind.  The riots were not brought under control for two weeks and there were multiple deaths and scores of injuries on both sides.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1864 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1865), 118-124. 

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