Culture Night at Griffith College

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South Circular Road

D08 V04N Dublin 8

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With over 200 years of history, take a journey back through time with re-enactment's from some of Ireland's notorious characters.

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Griffith College welcomes you to an immersive historical experience. With over 200 years of history, take a journey back through time with re-enactment's from some of Ireland's notorious characters. On Friday 18th September we will be hosting a small number of guests at out Dublin campus, we will have three time slots for guests to tour the campus in person. Booking is required and a maximum group size of 8 per tour. We are also delighted to offer an online version of the tour for everyone who would like to tour the historic Griffith College campus from home!

Throughout its history, this site has been a prison, military barracks, and now a third-level institution. Hear from some of the people who have called it home, whether as the Richmond Bridewell or Wellington Barracks.

The Richmond Bridewell prison opened on the site in 1813. It was designed by the architect Francis Johnston, who also designed the General Post Office, Nelson’s Pillar, and the interiors of the Custom House. The new prison was intended to relieve pressure on Dublin’s overcrowded Newgate Prison.

During the years of the civil war, the garrison was constantly harassed by small scale guerrilla attacks while on their patrols; at least three ambushes near the barracks are recorded in IRA statements. While the War of Independence did not see any large scale military actions in Dublin, some 300 people lost their lives in the city, and another 4,000 were arrested. On the morning of 12 April 1922, the barracks were handed over to the Irish Free State.

Wellington Barracks was renamed Griffith Barracks in 1922, after Arthur Griffith. It remained in service as a military institution until 1988. In 1991, it was purchased by Business and Accounting Training - which soon changed its name to Griffith College. Today, the college trains students in Law, Journalism, Business, and a wide variety of other fields. And it all happens in these buildings, surrounded by 200 years of history. 

For more information, visit the Culture Night official site

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