Clarecastle - a satirical view of the barracks and village in 1831

Castle Yard
Joe Malone

Enormous reader, were you ever in Clare Castle?

’tis a vile a hole in the shape of a barrack, as odious

a combination of stone mortar and rough cast, as ever

the king, God bless him! put a regiment of the line into

The above is a preamble to an unflattering portrait of the barracks at Clarecastle and the village, written by a young officer who was stationed in the barracks in 1831, calling himself Ensign O’Donoghue. The full text can be read hereunder.

In 1832, just a few months after he wrote the piece, the barracks were the location for a devastating outbreak of cholera which spread into the village, killing 101 people, all buried in a mass grave in Clarehill. The soldiers were all removed from the barracks and rehoused in camps in a field on the Limerick Road, still known today as the Camp Field.

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