Linenhall Barracks

Linenhall Barracks

Linenhall Barracks
On a three-acre site, in the 1700s the Dublin Linen Hall was a market based on the Cloth Hall of Hamburg and the London market, Blackwell Hill, and had a large trading floor. During the 1870s the Linen Hall was used as a barracks by the British Army, before it went up in flames during the Rising. On Constitution Hill and near North King Street it had been fortified by 40 unarmed men of the Army Pay Corps.

As the Rising fell, it was set on fire — on Ned Daly’s orders — to prevent its reoccupation. “During Wednesday night it lighted up the streets with a murky glow,” according to the Capuchin Annual of 1966.