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Here's how Dublin and Monaghan will mark the 40th anniversary of 1974 bombings

There will be three events over the next two days to commemorate the 33 people killed in the bombings.

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FORTY YEARS AGO today, as shoppers made their way through the early evening in Dublin’s city centre and Monaghan town, a series of car bombs went off.

The four bombs would leave 33 civilians and one unborn child dead and almost 300 injured. The bombings would be the single deadliest attack in The Troubles and remain the largest terrorist attack on Irish soil.

Today, there will be two events to commemorate the attacks.

Today at 11.30am, wreaths will be laid at the memorial on Talbot Street by the Taoiseach, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, the Cathaoirleach of Monaghan Town Council and representatives of the Justice for the Forgotten group.

Author and historian Tim Pat Coogan, will deliver the oration and music will be provided by Cormac Breatnach, Ciaran Warfield and Ceól Clan and Emer Fox.

At 12.45pm, there will be a mass in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral on Marlborough Street. The mass will be celebrated by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin.

Tomorrow at 2.30pm, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony in Monaghan town, led by the heads of Monaghan town and county councils and representatives of Justice for the Forgotten. Author Evelyn Conlon will deliver an address.

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