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    Hi all
    Does anyone know anything about the origin of the extensive trench system on the eastern side of the Curragh.I'm told it was built in Britsh times to train men for service in France in WW1.Any truth in that?
    regards
    GttC

  • #2
    Like the trench system in the Phoenix Park on the grounds of Aras
    The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
    (George Bernard Shaw, Playwright, 1856 - 1950)

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    • #3
      I attended a lecture by my local Historical society

      and it basically said the same thing

      the guys lived in the trencehes for a couple of weeks and

      it was acclimitasitaion exercise

      they were treated to overhead artillery exercise and overhead machine gun fire etc
      Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
      Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
      The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
      The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
      The best lack all conviction, while the worst
      Are full of passionate intensity.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by WES View Post
        Like the trench system in the Phoenix Park on the grounds of Aras
        Did you mean the ditch around the perimiter?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Test Pilot View Post
          Did you mean the ditch around the perimiter?
          To be honest I read in a book a few years ago that the outline of trenches can still be seen in the grounds of Aras. They were used for training purposes (obviously) during WWI. The book never explained why the trenches had to be dug there and not, for instance, in the Glen of Imaal. So to answer your question, I haven't a clue where they are.
          The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
          (George Bernard Shaw, Playwright, 1856 - 1950)

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          • #6
            google earth it
            Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
            Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
            The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
            The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
            The best lack all conviction, while the worst
            Are full of passionate intensity.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by WES View Post
              Like the trench system in the Phoenix Park on the grounds of Aras
              Nearly fell head first into it when doing an RDF orienteering competition a few years back

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              • #8
                Originally posted by WES View Post
                To be honest I read in a book a few years ago that the outline of trenches can still be seen in the grounds of Aras. They were used for training purposes (obviously) during WWI. The book never explained why the trenches had to be dug there and not, for instance, in the Glen of Imaal. So to answer your question, I haven't a clue where they are.
                Thank's Wes for that. As a kid I played in the Aras, but have no memory of any trenches there, or in Ratra House. I was in the tunnels a few times in the Civil Defence training area, took the punt from the boat house on to the lake, only to be chased by the guard and picked DEV's daffodils every year from his garden, which I sold around our street for pocket money.

                Often met Bean DeVelera in the walks around the Arus, she was lovely as she always made time to talk to the kids. Always dressed in black with her black short healed granny shoes.

                But you would not want to be caught by the guards or gardeners! Great times

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Test Pilot View Post
                  Thank's Wes for that. As a kid I played in the Aras, but have no memory of any trenches there, or in Ratra House. I was in the tunnels a few times in the Civil Defence training area, took the punt from the boat house on to the lake, only to be chased by the guard and picked DEV's daffodils every year from his garden, which I sold around our street for pocket money.

                  Often met Bean DeVelera in the walks around the Arus, she was lovely as she always made time to talk to the kids. Always dressed in black with her black short healed granny shoes.

                  But you would not want to be caught by the guards or gardeners! Great times
                  Is that you Bill Cullen?


                  Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                  • #10
                    Not exactly on the grounds of Aras an Uachtarain but probably on the Lord Lieutenant's front lawn at some stage.

                    Last edited by WES; 22 July 2009, 21:09.
                    The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
                    (George Bernard Shaw, Playwright, 1856 - 1950)

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                    • #11
                      You'll find them in Kilworth as well.
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                      Say NO to violence against Women

                      Originally posted by hedgehog
                      My favourite moment was when the
                      Originally posted by hedgehog
                      red headed old dear got a smack on her ginger head

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Goldie fish View Post
                        Is that you Bill Cullen?
                        No! I never had a horse and cart. Besides, we had indoor toilets - no need to cross any yard.

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                        • #13
                          Pat Kenny grew up in the Park

                          andn we have never seen Kenny and TP together

                          ergo TP is Pat Kenny

                          and coincidentially

                          TP = The Plank

                          I rest my case
                          Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
                          Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
                          The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
                          The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
                          The best lack all conviction, while the worst
                          Are full of passionate intensity.

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                          • #14


                            Trenches in Kilworth south west of the sawmills.
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                            Say NO to violence against Women

                            Originally posted by hedgehog
                            My favourite moment was when the
                            Originally posted by hedgehog
                            red headed old dear got a smack on her ginger head

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by hedgehog View Post
                              Pat Kenny grew up in the Park

                              andn we have never seen Kenny and TP together

                              ergo TP is Pat Kenny

                              and coincidentially

                              TP = The Plank

                              I rest my case
                              Ha, Ha!
                              I have to admit, Hedge, you lost me on the 'Plank' bit. But good try!

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