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CRIMEAN CANNONS - WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Croppies Memorial Park
Wolf Tone Key
Dublin
Ireland
Dublin 7


Located opposite Frank Sherwin Bridge at Wolfe Tone Quay, the 0.25 hectare Croppies Memorial Park was named in 1983 after the Croppies of the 1798 Rebellion. The nickname was given to Irish rebels fighting for independence from Britain who were executed in the vicinity. The term 'Croppy Boy' was said to emerge from a hairstyle popular with revolutionaries of the day. At one time the park was known as the Crimean Trophy Plot because of the presence of Russian artillery guns captured during the 1854-56 Crimean War. Four large cannon, two mortars and assorted shot and shells arrived on the 26 September 1857. These were artefacts from the Crimean War and were allocated to Dublin amidst some confusion and debate by both dispatchers and recipients as to where and when they were to be displayed. After arrival they were removed several times before a final resting place was established. Eventually in 1866 a gun platform was constructed in the park to display the collection of cannon guns and cannon balls that were captured by the British Army during the Crimean War.

The park site was originally part of the Military Recreation Grounds attached to the adjacent Robins (formerly Royal) Barracks. Acquired by the Wide Streets Commissioners, the area was owned from 1860 until 1969 by the Office of Public Works when it passed to Dublin Corporation who upgraded the park in 1983. By this time the cannon had been removed and apparently discarded on waste ground nearby. Today they are supposedly in storage awaiting an appropriate opportunity to once again be displayed in all their glory.

The Robins database records the following six guns in Dublin.

551 - 1807
1337 - 1811
24356 - 1835
25116 - 1836
30192 - 1847
30231 - 1847

The present exact whereabouts of all these guns is not known. In the picture below is one of the cannon in the main square Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin where it can be seen at present.






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