Old Barracks Heritage Centre
Attraction in Co. Kerry
Old Barracks Heritage Centre is a unique building in Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry. This unusual building design was constructed between 1870 and 1875 and served as the Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks. Today it serves as a Heritage Centre for the Iveragh Peninsula. It is home to various exhibitions that relate to the local area, including The Great Southern and Western Railway, The Life and Times of Daniel O’Connell, The Fenin Rising of 1867, The 1916 Rising and Monsignor Hugh O’ Flaherty (The Scarlet Pimpernel). One local story suggested that the plans for this unusual building were mixed up with plans for a building in India. Toilets are available and there is also a lift to all floors. Cahersiveen means ‘Stone Fort of Little Sive or Siveen’. Siveen’s stone fort is in ruins unfortunately but if you want a look it is just at the back of the building in Town Park by the side of the river.