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The Water Tower (Fire Station)


The Curragh Camp Fire Station is a fine and imposing building that dominates its surroundings - soaring above the military complex the tower is visible from as far as Newbridge and Kildare town. The building appears to be one of the earliest purpose-built fire stations in the country, which is of historic interest. Although a functional building, much thought has been paid to the visual impact of all four elevations and the use of small round-headed window openings serves to maximise the solidity of the wall masses.
Similarly the rusticated granite to ground floor appears as a suitable grounding base for the lofty tower over, the red brick of which is of fine quality.


The fire station is still in use, is well-maintained and retains much of its original character, features and materials, including multi-pane timber sash fenestration. A feature of note is the water turret to north-east, which is of considerable technical or engineering merit. An important civic building in the complex, and one that is grouped around a square with buildings of similar interest (the post office (11902303/KD-23-03), and so on), the fire station is of considerable social and historic interest, representing the continued development of the military camp in the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries.


Image sourced from Buildings of Ireland.