Announcement of restoration of Richmond Barracks, Inchicore for 1916 Commemoration

On Thursday 2nd October 2014 at 11.30 a.m. the Lord Mayor, Christy Burke and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD will attend a ceremony to mark the upcoming restoration of the Richmond Barracks Buildings in Inchicore, Dublin 8 at the invitation of Dublin City Council and the Richmond Barracks Advisory Committee. Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador, will also be in attendance.
Lord Mayor Christy Burke said, “I am delighted to be here today at the start of what will be an exciting project here in the heart of Dublin at Inchicore. I commend the hard work of Dublin City Council and the Richmond Barracks Advisory Committee in securing funding for this project and I look forward to seeing the Barracks transformed into a world class visitor centre.”
 
Richmond Barracks is a key site for many significant events in Ireland’s history and of particular significance to the period around 1916. The leaders of the 1916 Rising were interned and court-martialed within the barracks before being transferred to Kilmainham Gaol. It was also from here that soldiers, including the poet Francis Ledwidge, were transported to fight in World War 1.
 
The immense potential to develop the Richmond Barracks as a visitor centre which will contribute to the historic, social and cultural life of the city and country has been recognised and the restoration of the Barracks has been funded as a national commemorative project. As part of the funding allocation it was acknowledged that the development of this site has the potential to transform a traditionally disadvantaged area of Dublin city.
 
Welcoming the Minister, Brendan Kenny, Assistant Chief Executive of Dublin City Council said, “I want to thank the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, for approving funding of €3.5M for the restoration work on Richmond Barracks. I want to congratulate the local Committee for their work over several years in promoting and driving this Project. Dublin City Council will continue to work with the groups involved to deliver this very important new visitor centre. It is planned that the centre will open in time for the 1916 Commemorations.”
 
Resident and local historian Liam O’Meara sees the development of the barracks as providing great opportunities for the community of Inchicore and the project will illuminate the untold stories and the fascinating 200 year history of the barracks, he said “As well as the struggle for Irish Independence, the history of Richmond Barracks was one of struggle for Irishmen serving in the British Army in harsh conditions; often married men with children; and later of the poor women and children living in difficult conditions in Keogh Square. The struggle continued throughout the era of St. Michael’s Estate. The fact that so many still hold such fond memories of both the Barracks and the Flats shows the resilience of our people.”
 
For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170
Martin McDonagh, Project Manager, Dublin City Council
Eadaoin Ni Chleirigh, Project Co-ordinator Richmond Barracks
 
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