In Belfast, Catholics retaliate against Protestant rioters and the mobs battle in the streets
08/15/1864 to 08/17/1864
The dedication of a statue to the Catholic politician Daniel O'Connell in Dublin several days earlier had sent Protestant crowds to the Belfast streets to attack Catholics. The encounters escalated when Catholic laborers retaliated by burning Protestant buildings and a school. The two opposing sectarian mobs fought till seperated by armed police. Serious rioting went on over the next two days with deaths and scores of injuries on both sides. The disturbances were not brought under control for another week. (By John Osborne)
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1864 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1865), 118-124.