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Ballymullen Barracks
Ballymullen Barracks
Dún Bhaile an Mhuilinn
Tralee, County Kerry
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Ballymullen Barracks
Ballymullen Barracks is located in Ireland
Ballymullen Barracks
Ballymullen Barracks
Location within Ireland
Coordinates52°16?03?N 9°41?46?W / 52.2675°N 9.6962°W / 52.2675; -9.6962Coordinates: 52°16?03?N 9°41?46?W / 52.2675°N 9.6962°W / 52.2675; -9.6962
TypeBarracks
Site information
OperatorRepublic of Ireland Irish Army
Site history
Built1809-1812
Built forWar Office
In use1812-1922
Garrison information
GarrisonRoyal Munster Fusiliers

Ballymullen Barracks (Irish: Dún Bhaile an Mhuilinn) is an Irish military installation at Tralee, County Kerry in Ireland.

History

The barracks were built for local militia units between 1810 and 1815.[1] In 1873 a system of recruiting areas based on counties was instituted under the Cardwell Reforms and the barracks became the depot for the 101st Regiment of Foot (Royal Bengal Fusiliers) and 104th Regiment of Foot (Bengal Fusiliers).[2] Following the Childers Reforms, the 101st and 104th regiments amalgamated to form the Royal Munster Fusiliers with its depot in the barracks in 1881.[2]

The Royal Munster Fusiliers were disbanded at the time at the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922.[3] The barracks were taken over by the Irish Republican Army in February 1922 and then secured by the forces of the Free State in August 1922.[1] The barracks continued to be used by the Irish Army and a newly refurbished headquarters block was opened at the barracks in April 2002.[4] The site was also used as a reception centre for asylum seekers until the centre closed in 2005.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "History of Ballymullen Barracks". Royal Munster Fusiliers Association. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Training Depots". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 10 February 2006. Retrieved 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Murphy, David (2007). Irish Regiments in the World Wars, quote: "Following the treaty that established the independent Irish Free State in 1922, it was decided to disband the regiments that had their traditional recruiting grounds in southern Ireland: The Royal Irish Regiment; The Connaught Rangers; The Prince of Wales' Leinster Regiment; The Royal Munster Fusiliers; The Royal Dublin Fusiliers; The South Irish Horse". Osprey Publishing. p. 30. ISBN 978-1-84603-015-4.
  4. ^ "Speech at the opening of the newly refurbished headquarters block at Ballymullen Barracks". Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "The rise and fall of refugees in Kerry". The Independent. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 2014.

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