Collins Barracks

Photo: National Museum of Ireland

Collins Barracks

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Saturday 13 October, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Saturday 13 October, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Saturday 13 October, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Collins Barracks was an army base for some 200 years before being renovated for use as a museum. The network of tall, granite-faced buildings occupy an 18 acre site and retain an imposing, military air. The site boasts a rich and varied history. Completed in 1704, it played an important role suppressing uprisings over the centuries. Wolfe Tone, the founder and leading member of the United Irishman, was court martialled and imprisoned here after the 1798 Rebellion. During the 1916 Easter Rising, troops based here tackled rebel positions on Usher's Island, at the Four Courts, and in the GPO. Tours will take in the site’s history and include some of the highlights on display at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Wheelchair accessible.

Designed by: Unknown
Building Date: 1704
Location: National Museum of Ireland-Decorative Arts & History, Benburb St, Arran Quay, Dublin 7

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