Thursday Doors – Confined to Barracks

We’re not quite confined to barracks for this week’s Thursday Doors as we can travel up to 5km from the house during this six week lockdown in Ireland. However, my walks usually take me to the local marina and park which is situated where the old army barracks used to be. The first three photos are of the boundary walls.

The next wall is one that for some reason reminds me of my childhood. I’m not sure why but I think it may be because it’s an old painted wall topped with upright stones.

Apparently, there was a similar wall at the cottage where I spent the first few years of my life. Maybe that’s where my mother parked my pram in the fresh air. In those days it was relatively safe to do such a thing. Here’s an old photograph from the 1930s of the tiny house my parents lived in when I was born. I arrived in the 1950s and not much had changed over those two decades but in later years, these old houses were replaced by newer buildings.

You can just about see the white wash on the old stone wall next to the white pillar. Enough of the nostalgia, let’s carry on with our walk. Part of the military barracks in Belturbet is still lived in and has been well preserved.

Even half an arch is better than none at all.

We are now half way through our brisk walk around the barrack walls and heading home so on the way back let’s have a look at some of the buildings on this street, which is appropriately called Barrack Hill.

This might be a good place to drop anchor. Next week, I’ll continue the tour around the site of the old barracks and look into some of its history.

Thanks for keeping me company while I’m confined to barracks and if you enjoy Thursday Doors posts featuring places from all over the world have a look at Norm’s blog.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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21 Responses to Thursday Doors – Confined to Barracks

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Love the doors, walls, old photos and history! Part of me is sad you are under these restrictions – part of me is jealous. I hope we start making some progress soon.

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    Again, so much history in this one Jean. It looks like they used to white wash everything ๐Ÿ˜€
    When I saw the shot of the restaurant I couldn’t help but have a thought for the owners. Hopefully they’ll be able to bounce back when the time is right, I know that many around here won’t, even with all the government assistance they’ve been getting.
    Stay safe, take care, and thanks so much for being an enthusiastic participant in our fun little club.

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  3. Teresa says:

    Lovely photos and history as usual, Jean.

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  4. Junie says:

    Your confinement to the barracks is fortunately partly your choice. I can see how this place reminds you of your earlier years:) Love the sturdy door of the Harbour, and of course the scene with with boats must have lifted your spirits as it does mine:)

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  5. marianallen says:

    What’s better than a stone wall? A stone wall with arches, that’s what! Thanks for sharing your walk with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. jguenther5 says:

    The photo of your birth-house looks much older than the 30’s. I’d have guessed 1915 at the latest. But maybe fashions in that area changed more slowly that what I’m used to seeing.

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  7. Jennie says:

    I really enjoyed this post. I don’t recall whitewashed stone here in Massachusetts. This reminds me of limestone. Your history and doors are terrific. The semicircle window surround on the upstair windows of the barracks is excellent.

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  8. thebendyfork says:

    Came across this today. How lovely!! Being Irish and living abroad in these crazy times it’s great to see this kind of article and all the lovely photos. Hope you keeping safe and well in all the madness.

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