Water Tower

Water Tower

I was 5 years old when I moved to the Camp with my family. It is no surprise that the Fire Station was the first building I could see as our car took that right turn (Before the present day roundabout existed) onto the long road to the Camp. The trip from Dublin to the Curragh in 1978 took a lot longer than it would today but my first view of my new home was worth it!

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.

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