Palace Barracks, Holywood
Location within Northern Ireland
|Owner||Ministry of Defence|
|In use||1886 – present|
|Occupants||Royal Irish Regiment|
During the roughly three decades of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland, the barracks served as the home base for British army battalions rotating through the province, especially those on a two-year "accompanied" tour with their families. A wide variety of facilities are available for soldiers to use off duty, including a swimming pool, squash courts, saunas, bars and a gymnasium.
Palace Barracks has been the Regimental Headquarters of the Royal Irish Regiment since 2008 and the home base of several squadrons of the 152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment (Volunteers). In March 2010, it was the site of a bombing, one of several attacks carried out by "hardline Republicans" in 2010; other attacks included the Newry car bombing.
- "The History of the Culloden Estate and Spa" (PDF). Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- "Palace Barracks Memorial Garden". Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- "Army Base Palace Barracks," Domesday Reloaded, BBC website.
- Real IRA Claims Barracks Car Bomb Blast Sky News, 12 April 2010.
- "Gardaí say dissidents no threat to Britain," Cormac O’Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 18 September 2010.