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 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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