Cappagh Fort

Cappagh Fort, Kilrush
Robert Brown
Cappagh Fort , Kilrush
Robert Brown

It is a former army barracks, built 1780-1800. It’s on Clare CoCo’s list of Protected Structures (RPS No. 871) and in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH No. 20406716).

The Barracks closed in the early 1920s and lay unused and deteriorating until it was turned into a housing development.

The RPS says ‘Detached single-bay three-storey rubble
stone-built Revenue Tower, c.1780, on a square plan with base batter, hood mouldings over openings and battlemented roof parapet; originally part of barracks complex; remainder of complex demolished, c.1995. Original boundary wall with Guard Towers and Entrance Gate remain.’ (Vol 4 of Clare County Development Plan)
The 90s were a planning nightmare in Kilrush that saw this site turned into a housing development and the massive bridewell site complete with cells and iron barred windows, turned into a supermarket. Tarbert have made a lovely museum / tea room out of their bridewell.

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