Monday 2 May 2016

Richmond Barracks and Goldenbridge Cemetery to open to the public in June

Richmond Barracks was officially opened at a special ceremony in Inchicore, Dublin 8, today. This was where the leaders of the Irish Revolution, along with over 3000 Irish rebels, were held in the aftermath of the 1916 Rebellion before they were sentenced.

Today's ceremony took place in the gymnasium where the rebels were sorted and the leaders identified. Those who were court martialled on Tuesday 2 May 1916 included Pádraig Pearse, Thomas Mc Donagh, and Thomas Clarke.

The Barracks won't open to the public until next month, when it will become an interactive multi-media tourist attaction tracing the story of the site from military barracks, to housing estate to school.

In addition to the interactive exhibition, the site houses a landscaped garden area and a tea room, and tours of the facility will include the adjacent 2-acre Goldenbridge Cemetery, which will open to the public for the first time. Goldenbridge opened for burials in 1828 following the Catholic Emancipation and was Dublin's first RC cemetery.

Richmond Barracks has been redeveloped by Dublin City Council is one of the nine 'Permanent Reminders' of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.