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Magazine Fort

Magazine Fort

 *****Radio news report on the Magazine Fort raid, December 26th, 1939*****




Built in 1735, the Magazine Fort is located in the south-eastern end of the park, with beautiful views over Dublin and the mountains beyond. Historically, the fort was a symbol of the British occupation in Ireland.

Author Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) once proclaimed:

Now's here's a proof of Irish sense
Here Irish wit is seen
When nothing's left that's worth defense,
We build a Magazine.

During the Easter Rising in 1916, the Irish Volunteers broke into the fort, as it was a large store of British Army explosives. They had planned to set it alight and blow it up, as a signal for the commencement of the rising. However, they failed to gain access to the main store and their attempts to explode the fort failed.