If you’re at a loose end this coming Tuesday (March 15th) afternoon, you might really enjoy the free guided walk around Rathmines, including the historic Cathal Brugha Army Barracks, which is leaving Rathmines Town Hall at 2.15 pm. The event is sponsored by Rathm ines College as part of its Proclamation Day, (a special day in which colleges and colleges commemorate the 1916 Rising), programme of events.
It is particularly poignant to stand in the small exercise yard behind the barracks guardroom where Francis Sheehy Skeffington was murdered on April 26th 1916. The brick below, now part of the National Museum Collection, is embedded with one of the bullets fired by the firing squad on that day.
Today the guardroom is a small museum with some very interesting artefacts, particularly some memorabilia that belonged to Michael Collins.