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‘Ah, if these walls could speak…’ The clichéd but always heart-felt phrase we’ll forever use to reference intriguing historical sites, with the underlying assumption being that we will never learn these forgotten tales. In the case of Richmond Barracks in Inchicore, however, the people who lived, worked and were schooled here over the last two centuries will be given a voice.
From military accommodation to a prison, then social housing and a school, Richmond Barracks has had several incarnations, all of them played out to the backdrop of some of the nation’s most turbulent times. Of the original barracks, three buildings remain standing and these have now been restored as part of the 1916 commemorations.
The official opening of Richmond Barracks’ restoration project was held on May 2016, which has seen the buildings restored to their former glory as well as the reinstatement of a reproduction of the unique Cupola which formed part of the original gymnasium building.