Collins Barracks, Cork
|Collins Barracks, Cork|
|Dún Uí Choileáin, Corcaigh|
|Entrance gate and guardroom in the late 19th Century|
|Controlled by||Irish Defence Forces|
|Partial (Barracks museum is open to public at certain times)|
|Garrison||1st Southern Brigade of Irish Army|
Initially known simply as The Barracks, the complex was extended in 1849 and renamed to Victoria Barracks, to celebrate a visit by Queen Victoria.
After housing British forces in the city for more than one hundred years, the barracks were handed over by the British Government to Commandant Sean Murray of the Army of the Irish Free State in 1922, under the terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty (which marked the end of the Irish War of Independence). The barracks were soon renamed for Michael Collins, the first commander-in-chief of the Free State, and a native of County Cork.
It features the largest military barracks parade square in Europe, and is home to both regular (PDF) and reserve (RDF) units from many corps, including the headquarters of 1 Southern Brigade, Infantry, Artillery, Engineering and Logistics.
- Dictionary of Irish Architects - Abraham Hargrave - Works
- Dictionary of Irish Architects - John Gibson - Works
- Cork Heritage Open Day - Collins Barracks Museum detail (including pictures)
- Department of Defence - Press Release - Military Museum in Collins Barracks, Cork to be Refurbished and Relocated - August 2004
- The Barracks: A History of Victoria/Collins Barracks. Dan Harvey & Gerry White. ISBN 1-85635-194-7
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