Saturday, February 6, 2010

Photo of the Day

I was walking down Blackhorse Avenue earlier today and I came across the perfect Photo of the Day. The landmark Mckee barracks, named after the IRA leader Dick Mckee who was abducted and murdered by the British in 1920. I stopped at the main gate to take a photo but was prevented from doing so by an alert soldier. I walked a hundred or so meters further, turned and snapped a picture of the barracks from across the railway. There is a story about Mckee barracks that I have heard many times but have never been able to verify. The building which was built in the 19th century clearly looks out of place. It is exotic and in sharp contrast to virtually every other building in Dublin. The story I have heard is that during the preparation of the buildings construction the British military mixed up the plans of this barracks with that of another military base that was to be built out in India. Amazingly (if true) they continued to construct the incorrect building all the way to completion. Presumably today, somewhere out in India there is an Irish looking military base standing proud.

4 comments:

Daniel said...

Thats an old joke Ted. There was no mix up. You did get a bit of the rail line that goes through the little known Phoenix Park tunnel.

Ted Leddy said...

Maybe Daniel,
But there is no denying, the building looks incredibly out of place. Is that railway line still running? Do you know where it ends up ?

Daniel said...

Yes, sometimes for goods trains or for fans when football matches such as the all Ireland Final are being played. The line links Connolly and Hueston Stations and goes through the park almost under the Wellington Monument.

Ted Leddy said...

That is amazing Dan. A passeger train going under the Phoenix Park, I had no idea. It makes sense though because without it there is no rail link between the capital's two biggest train stations.