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