Collins Barracks, Cork

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This article is about Collins (Victoria) Barracks. For the barracks of the same name in Dublin, see Collins Barracks, Dublin.
Collins Barracks, Cork
Dún Uí Choileáin, Corcaigh
Cork, Ireland
The Barracks, Cork.jpg
Entrance gate and guardroom in the late 19th Century
Collins Barracks, Cork is located in Ireland
Collins Barracks, Cork
Collins Barracks, Cork
Coordinates 51°54′29″N 8°27′43″W / 51.908°N 8.462°W / 51.908; -8.462Coordinates: 51°54′29″N 8°27′43″W / 51.908°N 8.462°W / 51.908; -8.462
Type Military barracks
Site information
Controlled by Irish Defence Forces
Open to
the public
Partial (Barracks museum is open to public at certain times)
Site history
Built 1801 (1801)
Garrison information
Garrison 1st Southern Brigade of Irish Army

Collins Barracks is a military barracks on the Old Youghal Road on the north side of Cork in Ireland.

Originally erected between 1801 and 1806, the works were completed by Abraham Hargrave to designs by John Gibson[1][2] 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.

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,[3] 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.

A garrison for the Southern Command of the Irish Army since then, the complex was visited by US President John F. Kennedy in 1963.[3]

It features the largest military barracks parade square in Europe,[citation needed] 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.

From 2004 the barracks have been subject to a modernisation programme.[4] This programme involved building new messing facilities, a gymnasium and workshops.[citation needed]

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Further reading[edit]

  • The Barracks: A History of Victoria/Collins Barracks. Dan Harvey & Gerry White. ISBN 1-85635-194-7