The Battles & Barracks Walking Tour will take you on a journey around some of Dublin’s most fascinating sites in an area that is steeped in history. The tour, given by one of Dublin’s most knowledgeable tour guides, will bring you through the story of 1916 in Dublin 8. Starting from Kenny’s Pub on James’s Street the birthplace of W.T Cosgrave overlooking the old South Dublin Union (Now the sight of St James’s Hospital)
Then a brief walk to Shannon terrace where you will find out about John Joe Traynor, of Shannon Terrace, Kilmainham was 17 years of age. He was a member of the Cleaver Branch of the Gaelic League and the Geraldine Football Club. He was the crack shot of his Company. He was mortally wounded on Easter Monday in the South Dublin Union, 1916. He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. The memorial stone was unveiled on November 24th 1934.
You will be taken through Kilmainham and Inchicore where some of the most tragic events of the Rising unfolded.
Emmet Hall, was the home of 1913 strike leader and Irish Citizen Army officer Michael Mallin, who was executed for his role in the 1916 Rising. It was also the branch headquarters of the Irish Transport Workers Union.
Inchicore has a great radical and hidden history, indeed Emmet Road alone has a fascinating story to tell. William Partridge, a leading trade unionist who fought in the 1916 rising for example, was an organiser with the Amalgamated Society of Engineers who would meet in the Workman’s Club on Emmet Road. Jim Larkin purchased the Emmet Hall in 1913, appointing William Patridge as manager of the premises.
The Irish Citizen Army had an active section in the area
We shall show you the size of the Barracks and where the walls ran.
Along with Goldenbridge Cemetery the oldest Catholic burial ground in Ireland
The heartwarming tour will finish in the cosy Timothy Crough’s bar. Where you will be sat down after a nice 1.7km walk (about 1 mile) where you can get your picture taken behind the bar and pull your own pint of Guinness. Also on offer you can have a traditional Dublin batch bread sandwich of your choice and a pint of Guinness for €7.50
The Battles & Barracks tour takes about 1 and a half hour and includes a film about the history of the Richmond Barracks, where the Rebels of the Rising were held before being executed at Kilmainham Gaol.
Also on offer are books about the area by the author Liam O’Meara, who is also your tour guide and script writer of the movie.
The tour, which costs €10, will take place on a regular basis with limited places.
Included in the package:
10% discount for Guinness Storehouse
A free map of the area highlighting places of interest
A pack showing pictures of the area
A fascinating movie showing the history of Richmond Barracks
Discount at Timothy Crough’s for a pint of Guinness and a Dublin Batch loaf sandwich of your choice