Please note that this website is no longer being updated. The Army Barracks of Eighteenth-Century Ireland Pilot Project has been succeeded by the HEA North-South Research Programme 2021 funded project, ‘Our Shared Built Military Heritage: The online mapping, inventorying and recording of the Army Barracks of Ireland, 1690-1921’. For more information, please go to our new website barracksireland.wordpress.com.

This website hosts an archive of material produced by the Army Barracks of Eighteenth-Century Ireland pilot project. This pilot project involved compilation of an online map of all barracks built in Ireland from 1690 through to 1815 and field work on army barracks in County Armagh.

This research was supported by seed funding from UCD Research, a research award from UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies and an IRC Government of Ireland ‘New Foundations’ award.

Pilot Project Research Team

Dr Ivar McGrath
Dr Patrick Walsh
Dr Suzanne Forbes
Dr Michael Kennedy
Dr Tim Watt
Dr Eoin Kinsella
Dr Emma Lyons

Pilot Project Research Network

Dr Arlene Crampsie
Dr David Fleming
Dr Lar Joye
Dr Eamon O’Flaherty
Dr Finola O’Kane
Dr Robert Sands

Pilot Project Presentations

13 July 2016, Dingle Historical Society, Dingle. Ivar McGrath, ‘The Digital Mapping of Ireland’s Eighteenth-Century Barracks: The Munster Story’.

17 October 2015, 14th Annual Swift Symposium, Dublin. Ivar McGrath, ‘The Grand Question Debated: Swift, Army Barracks and Money’.

10 September 2015, ‘Towards a New Military History of Ireland’ Workshop, Trinity College Dublin. Ivar McGrath, ‘Mapping the Military Establishment in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: The Case of the Army Barracks’.

2015, History Hub Podcast. Ivar McGrath, ‘Mapping State and Society in Eighteenth-Century Ireland’.  

30 March 2015, UCD History Society, Dublin. Ivar McGrath ‘An Introduction to the Eighteenth-Century Army Barracks of Ireland Online’.

4 February 2015, Seanchas Ard Mhacha, Armagh. ‘The Digital Mapping of Ireland’s Eighteenth-Century Barracks: The Armagh Story’.

3 February 2015, UCD School of History and Archives Research Forum, Ivar McGrath, ‘The Digital Mapping of Ireland’s Eighteenth-Century Built Military Heritage: Or, Rambles in Rural Armagh’.

June 2014, Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Annual Conference, Armagh. Project panel ‘Mapping the Eighteenth-Century Irish State – Boroughs, Barracks and Taxation’. Speakers: Ivar McGrath, Patrick Walsh and Eamon O’Flaherty.

November 2013, Military History Society of Ireland, Dublin. Ivar McGrath, ‘So many little military-colleges scattered up and down the country”: The establishment of a country-wide network of permanent residential barracks in eighteenth-century Ireland’; Patrick Walsh, ‘Who Paid What? Taxation and the Financial Impact of the State in Ireland, 1690-1782’.

November 2010, Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute Seminar, Ivar McGrath, ‘Culture, Society and Change: the permanent residential army barracks of eighteenth-century Ireland’.


If you have comments or questions about this website, or if you have information about an eighteenth-century barracks in your area, please get in touch with the principal investigator, Ivar McGrath at ivar.mcgrath@ucd.ie.