Sixth Class Visit Collins’ Barracks.

Sixth class were privileged to be invited to Collins’ Barracks today to celebrations to commemorate the centenary of the handover of the barracks in 1922 from British to Irish forces. This was a key moment in Irish history, but one that was complicated by the outbreak of a bloody Civil War.

The current garrison invited us,as well as families of serving Defence Forces members,retired personnel and military historians to the occasion.

We discovered that the barracks has one of the largest parade grounds in Europe, covering more than four acres. There were a number of speakers including the Minister Simon Coveney.There were prayers and a wreath laying ceremony to remember the first Irish garrison there.

The boys enjoyed the many displays and were fascinated by the Military equipment on view.

A great day was had by all and one which will live on in our memories.