29 Nov 2021

Kildare barracks could house Syrian refugees

Magee Barracks
A disused barracks in Kildare town could be used to house Syrian refugees. The Government is considering Magee Barracks, which closed in 1998, as a location to accommodate people from the war-torn country. The property was later used to house Kosovan refugees who had fled war in the Balkans in the late 1990s. Previous plans to build hundreds of social houses on the 56 acre site were abandoned because of the recession.

The latest news comes just days after it was announced that the former Hazel Hotel in nearby Monasterevin will house 520 Syrian refugees as they begin arriving in Ireland.

The Department of Public Expenditure and the Office of Public Works are examining barracks in Kildare, Mullingar, Clonmel and Arbour Hill as possible accommodation options for refugees. Meanwhile the Kildare Volunteer Centre (KVC) is asking people to donate toys and bicycles to the Syrian refugees arriving in the county soon. The goods can be delivered at the KVC's offices on Edward Street in Newbridge. KVC spokesman Mick Power told KildareNow: "We're looking for toys and bicycles in good condition to give to the kids." The group is also seeking volunteers to 'befriend' the refugees when they arrive at the former Hazel Hotel in Monasterevin in coming weeks. Anybody interested in helping out is asked to register their details with

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.