With today being the start of National Heritage Week, that counts as another reason for inclusion.
Like me, you might see a roll-top desk. Nice. Similar to others that you might have seen before, nothing to make you stop in your tracks. Like me, you may not have spotted the hole.
I even had to be told of the existence of the hole and then was informed as to its cause.
In 1919, Michael Collins, as Minister of Finance of the Provisional Government, placed notices in newspapers requesting funding (not sure if part of the National Loan). The notice appeared in the Cork Examiner. The offices of the Cork Examiner were raided by the Crown Forces searching for any seditious material.
The roll-top desk was in the office but locked and shots were fired at the lock to force it open and view its