Military Museum Collins Barracks, Cork

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Collins Barracks is a military barracks on the Old Youghal Road on the north side of Cork in Ireland. Originally serving as a British military barracks from the early 19th century, it was handed-over to the Irish military following the Irish War of Independence, and remains the headquarters of the 1st Brigade of the Irish Army. A museum in the barracks is open to the public at selected times.HistoryFormationOriginally erected between 1801 and 1806, the barracks' works were completed by Abraham Hargrave to designs by John Gibson in a prominent position on the hills overlooking the city and the River Lee. Initially known simply as The Barracks, the complex was extended in 1849 and renamed to Victoria Barracks, to celebrate a visit by Queen Victoria.IndependenceIn the period following the Easter Rising (1916), the Irish nationalist Thomas Kent was executed by firing squad at the barracks. He was the only person outside Dublin, apart from Roger Casement, to be executed for participation following the Rising.During the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921), Auxiliary forces based at the barracks were implicated in events surrounding the Burning of Cork. British forces from the barracks were also involved in the executions of several Republican prisoners. On 28 April 1921, four Volunteers, Maurice Moore, Thomas Mulcahy, Patrick O'Sullivan and Patrick Ronayne, were executed by firing squad at the barracks, followed by the execution of Patrick Casey a few days later, and of Daniel O'Brien on 16 May 1921. Work out when and for how long to visit Military Museum Collins Barracks and other Cork attractions using our handy Cork online sightseeing planner.
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  • Well worth a visit. Fabulous display. Make sure you speak to Sgt McGarry. He gave us a great talk on everything. 
    Well worth a visit. Fabulous display. Make sure you speak to Sgt McGarry. He gave us a great talk on everything.  more »
  • Today started like any other Thursday with Tai Chi for our members but then we took up a special invitation to return to Cathal Brugha Barracks to attend the commemoration of Michael Collins on the... 
    Today started like any other Thursday with Tai Chi for our members but then we took up a special invitation to return to Cathal Brugha Barracks to attend the commemoration of Michael Collins on the...  more »
  • The history of Ireland, especially the history of the rebellion as played out right here is masterful & overwhelming in the presentation here. What wonderful exhibits on Irish history, coinage, and... 
    The history of Ireland, especially the history of the rebellion as played out right here is masterful & overwhelming in the presentation here. What wonderful exhibits on Irish history, coinage, and...  more »
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  • Excellent, give it to Cork for friendliness, respectful, and beyond helpful. Well done lads.
  • Nice place to visit. Very interesting.
  • Not to bad had to wear a head dress but grand place
  • Small, but very interesting will go again
  • Filled with history, love it

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