Minister Canney welcomes opening of the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park for limited public guided tours.

28 July 16

Sean Canney TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today (29 July 2016) welcomed the start of the limited guided tours to view the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Minister Canney said:  "I am very pleased that my Office, the Office of Public Works, is providing access to this historic site with limited guided tours.  The Fort has played an important part in the history of our country and city and I know all visitors to the Park will be keen to see the Fort and the views of the city it offers.  Not only will visitors have the opportunity to view this significant historical site, they will also see the conservation processes and techniques that are carried out by my Office to preserve it for future generations.”

The Magazine Fort, is a historic ammunitions storage depot, build in 1734, is square in plan with projecting bastions and is sometimes called a ‘star fort’ similar to other fortifications, like Charles Fort.  It is strategically located on St Thomas’s Hill to the southeast of Phoenix Park.  The Magazine Fort is of significant interest now as it was part of the original military raid scheduled for Easter 1916.  This unsuccessful raid was intended to signal the beginning of the 1916 Rising.

The tour enables the visitor to see the interior of the Magazine Fort, walk along its bastion walls and view it many historic buildings.  It also gives the visitor the opportunity to view the vista south from the Fort, which takes in much of West and South Dublin, stretching all the way to the Dublin Mountains.

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For further information, please contact Barry Nangle, OPW Press Office at 087 1470617 or barry.nangle@opw.ie

Notes to Editors:

Tours are available on Sunday and Friday only, commencing Sunday, 31 July 2016 until the end of October 2016.

Tour Times:     10am 12pm and 2.30pm

Admission to the Magazine Fort Tour is by ticket only.  Tickets are available on a first come first served basis from the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.

Each tour will have a maximum of 20 persons.

Tours cannot be booked in advance.

Departures for all tours is only available from the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, where registration, H&S training are completed prior to transfer to the site.  There are no parking facilities at the Magazine Fort.

As the ground conditions are uneven, sturdy footwear is advised and suitable outdoor clothing.

Further details are available on http://www.phoenixpark.ie/

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