Minister Shatter Opens historic Visitor Centre in Cathal Brugha Barracks.

Minister Shatter TD in Cathal Brugha

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr Alan Shatter TD, accompanied by Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Sean McCann, will open a historic visitor centre in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines today (05th May 2011).

The visitor centre, which is the guard room where three journalists - Francis Sheehy Skeffington, Patrick McIntyre and Thomas Dickson, were executed on the 26th of April 1916, has been refurbished by Defence Forces engineers to mark the 95th anniversary of the event. It includes the cells where the prisoners were held and the exercise yard where they were executed.

Historic artefacts of the period will also be on display, including original letters of Francis Sheehy Skeffington, the pistols of Michael Collins and his ‘Squad’ and the Tricolour which draped Michael Collins coffin. Artefacts associated with General Richard Mulcahy and Cathal Brugha will also be on show as well as other important pre and post-independence artefacts.

The event will be attended by the family members of the key figures associated with Cathal Brugha Barracks. 

The opening of the visitor centre coincides with an open day being held at Cathal Brugha Barracks (formerly Portobello Barracks) which was 200 years old in 2010. 

The open day will include a re-enactment of the first successful crossing of the Irish sea in a Hot Air Balloon which was launched from Portobello Barracks in 1817 by William Wyndham Saddler. The Defence Forces parachute team will also parachute into the Barracks, and a large assortment of Defence Forces equipment will be on display.

 


Press Release Date: Thursday 5th May, 2011

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