Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Eglinton Street - Galway
Eglinton Street was at the time home to an army barracks. As people made their way to Mass on that Sunday, word began to spread that the barracks was on fire. Alarmed, some made their way to see what was happening. Indeed the barracks was ablaze, and more reports began to arrive that the barracks at Renmore and at the Naval Base at the Galway docks. Clearly, this was no accident. Luckily the calm weather ensured that the fire was mostly contained to the barracks, which were gutted.
A garda barracks was built on the site, and this remained in state hands until 1988, when it was sold on.
EAS_2175, National Photographic Archive
Galway Observer (8 July 1922)
Dáil Éireann Debates Vol. 381, No. 1 (25 May 1988)