Beggars Bush Barracks

Beggars Bush Barracks was a British Army barracks located at Beggars Bush in Dublin, Ireland.

Beggars Bush Barracks
Beggars Bush, Dublin
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The former central garrison headquarters at Beggars Bush Barracks
Beggars Bush Barracks is located in Dublin
Beggars Bush Barracks
Beggars Bush Barracks
Location within Dublin
Coordinates53°20′11″N 6°14′07″W / 53.336371°N 6.235284°W / 53.336371; -6.235284Coordinates: 53°20′11″N 6°14′07″W / 53.336371°N 6.235284°W / 53.336371; -6.235284
Site information
OperatorUnited Kingdom British Army (1827–1922)
Republic of Ireland National Army (1922)
Republic of Ireland Irish Army (1922–1929)
Site history
Built forWar Office
In use1827–1929


The barracks were designed as a training depot for the British Army and were completed in 1827.[1] Two squadrons of the South Irish Horse were formed at the barracks in the early 20th century.[2] The squadrons were mobilised at the barracks in August 1914 before being deployed to the Western Front.[3]

Beggars Bush Barracks were the first barracks to be handed over to the Irish Republican Army in January 1922.[4] The barracks then became the new headquarters of the National Army.[5] Erskine Childers, a leading Fenian revolutionary, was executed at the barracks on 24 November 1922 after conviction by an Irish military court for the unlawful possession of a gun, a weapon presented to him by Michael Collins.[6]

The barracks were decommissioned in 1929 and handed over to the "Gaeltacht Industries Depot" which had responsibility for marketing goods produced in Ireland.[7] The site is now used by various other Government Departments.[1] The Irish Labour History Society Museum is based in the former central garrison headquarters[8] and the National Print Museum is based in the former Garrison Chapel.[9]


  1. ^ a b "History". Beggars Bush. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  2. ^ "South Irish Horse". Combined Irish Regiments Association. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  3. ^ Chris Baker (1996–2008). "The South Irish Horse—Regiments of the Special Reserve—North Irish Horse". The long, long trail. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  4. ^ "Beggars Bush Barracks". The Irish Times. 22 February 1922. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  5. ^ Valiulis, Maryann Gialanella (1992). "Portrait of a Revolutionary: General Richard Mulcahy and the Founding of the Irish Free State". University Press of Kentucky. p. 127. ISBN 978-0813117911.
  6. ^ Ring, Jim (September 2004). "Childers, (Robert) Erskine (1870–1922)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
  7. ^ Cosgrove, Art (2008). "A New History of Ireland, Volume II : Medieval Ireland 1169-1534". Oxford Scholarship Online. p. 552. ISBN 978-0199539703.
  8. ^ "Museum Visit - Irish Labour History Society and National Print Museum (IMA Event)". Irish Museums. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  9. ^ "History of the Museum". National Print Museum of Ireland. Retrieved 15 October 2017.