Collins Barracks Museum, 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.
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  • Absolutely great place to visit. Would take an hour. Great display of art and military . Good examples mostly Irish culture.  more »
  • Well worth a visit. Fabulous display. Make sure you speak to Sgt McGarry. He gave us a great talk on everything.  more »
  • Great, free museum! The fantastic and friendly guide showed us around and had great insights into Irish history.
  • We attended the Barracks on May 18th 2019 for a private dinner, Holy Communion. Food, service and location was fantastic. Child friendly and excellent value for money. Loads of parking and steeped in history.
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