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The Barracks

2 July 1607 - Thomas Nolan, described as “of Ballinrobe” got a grant by patent from King James I “of the 4 quarters of Ballinrobe.” After obtaining the patent grants of Ballinrobe, if not earlier, Thomas Nolan went into occupation of the new castle at Ballinrobe, for the old castle attached to the Mac William’s had probably even then become ruinous: every vestige of it has long since disappeared. Mr. Hubert Knox considers that its site was on the east bank of the river Robe, about where the iron bridge now is, but on the high ground. 20 August 1617 - Thomas Nolan of Ballinrobe re-granted by patent the castle and manor of Ballinrobe, with 4 quarters. 18 June 1628 - Thomas Nolan of Ballinrobe died. Gregory Nolan, the eldest son of Thomas Nolan, continued this family’s succession at Ballinrobe Castle. 1653 - Gregory Nolan’s estate was confiscated by the Cromwellian Government.

Lord Tyrawley of Ballinrobe sold his castle to the War Office in 1821 who then built the barracks. There are barracks for cavalry and infantry; the former adapted to the accommodation of 8 officers and 106 non-commissioned officers and privates, with stabling for 84 horses; the latter for 6 officers and 96 non-commissioned officers and men, with an hospital for 20 patients.The bridge was called the Military Bridge. It was built by the English to link the Infantry and Cavalry Barracks.

Barracks Barracks

Ballinrobe was a garrison town for many years. The armed forces stationed in Ballinrobe gave an important monetary boost to the town until their withdrawal in 1926.

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