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Magazine Fort

Photo: Mícheál Ó Doibhilin

Magazine Fort

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Sunday 16 October, 12.00pm – 3.30pm

The Magazine Fort was built from 1734, on the site of an imposing Jacobean mansion (1611), which had for some time been used as the principle residence of the King’s Viceroy in Ireland.The Fort is square in plan with projecting demi-bastions. Within its walls are three purpose built magazines for the storage of gunpowder, which supplied all the nearby Royal Dublin barracks at that time. A triangular extension was built on the eastern side of the Fort in 1801 and was used mostly for accommodation.The Magazine Fort was the first location in Dublin to come under attack by the Irish Volunteers on Easter Monday 1916. The site was occupied by the Irish Army until 1980.Conservation works have commenced under the direction of OPW professional staff.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Tours take place at: 10.00am, 12.00pm, 2:30pm and 3.30pm from Phoenix Park Visitors Centre.

Designed by: Captain John Corneille / Extension by Francis Johnston
Building Date: 1734 / 1801
Location: Phoenix Park Visitors Centre, Dublin 8