Kilbride Army Camp
Kilbride Army Camp

Kilbride Army Camp

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Kilbride Army Camp

This photo taken c1915 of Kilbride Army Camp in the Dublin Mountains was posted on the Tallaght FB page a while back. It shows a series of permanent billets and a standing camp. Associated photos show soldiers engaged in training exercises.

I’ve been plotting detail in the area recently and pretty sure that the photo is taken just south of the bridge labelled 1. The rectangular foundations of the camp buildings can still be seen at 2. Also visible on aerial photography at 3 are a series of zigzag trenches that must have been dug to simulate WW1 trench warfare. Such trenches had twists and turns to offer protection in the case of exploding bombs & raking gunfire and also to facilitate hand to hand combat if it came to it. On a practical level it would also have been easier to find a bit of shelter as the wind changed direction.

Please note that the Irish Army still trains here and this is an area of restricted access.