2 May 2016
Richmond Barracks has been elevated to this national status because the barracks and the buildings were a key site for many significant events in Ireland’s history and are of particular significance to 1916. The leaders of the 1916 Rising were interned here and court-martialled in the barracks before being transferred to Kilmainham Gaol for execution. Irish soldiers, including the poet Francis Ledwidge, were billeted in Richmond Barracks before being sent to fight in the First World War. Richmond Barracks was opened to the public on 2 May 2016, the 100th anniversary of the first secret military court martial which sentenced Patrick Pearse, Tom Clarke and Thomas McDonagh to death. The redeveloped barracks will serve as an exhibition centre and archive for national/ local history, a visitor centre and an educational and community resource.
The restoration of the Barracks was funded as a national commemorative project. Read more about the restoration of Richmond Barracks.
1916 Rising Garrison Plaques
In April 2016, Ardmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh unveiled three 1916 Rising garrison plaques in the city. These plaques are located at Marrowbone Lane, The Mendicity Institution and Jacob’s Factory, Dublin 8. These sites had no plaque or sign to identify them as battle sites of the Rising. Now with these permanent reminders it is hoped that Dubliners, visitors to the city, relatives and all who are interested in history will be able to come and see these plaques and remember those who fought so courageously at the garrisons during the Rising. Dublin City Council unveiled two more plaques in this series in December 2016, one to the Four Courts Garrison at Church Street and one to the Royal College of Surgeons Garrison at 123 St Stephen’s Green
The Dublin Tenement Museum
At the Dublin Tenement Museum, No.14 Henrietta Street you will explore the varied histories and cultures of people who lived there over three centuries. You will experience the rich architecture of the house where the changes brought about by dynamic political, economic and cultural factors will be revealed. The original two-story grand stair hall, lost in the 19th century will be reinstated and the first floor rooms will be decorated as they may have appeared in the late 18th century. A reconstructed tenement flat will show how a room became a home and digital exhibitions will explore the evolving conditions of life in the tenements. You will hear first-hand accounts from former residents on the street describing daily life from the 1940s-1970s. For further information please see: Facebook.com/TenementMuseumDublin
National Monument 14-17 Moore Street
Dublin City Council is working with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on the national monument at 14-17 Moore Street with work underway to conserve the site and develop a commemorative centre.