McKee Barracks

Photo: Defence Forces

McKee Barracks

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Saturday 13 October

The defensive strategy for Dublin was one of a necklace of Barracks from Howth to the Pigeon House Fort. Marlborough Barracks (now known as McKee Barracks) was the cavalry jewel in this defensive necklace. The south facing North Accommodation Block provided the ideal platform from which to review the parade ground and cavalry. The building is a highly crafted composition of different brick forms; extruded brick, hand crafted, red rubber, ornate scrolls with insert terracotta panels. The conservation work has been light touch; undoing, cement pointing, and replacing terracotta or brick when structurally necessary or where all detail was lost.

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed. Please Note: This is an external tour around the building with limited access permitted inside the buildings. Please let us know if in advance if you've any mobility issues. Persons attending should wear outdoor clothing. This tour is not suitable for children. Photography is not allowed on this tour.

Building Date: 1902

Booking Lottery

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed. Winners will be notified of their tour details ahead of the Open House Dublin weekend. Most of the Open House Dublin tours are operated on a First Come, First Served basis. So if you missed out on this lottery, make sure to check out the rest of the programme!

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