Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Artillery - Ireland (7) Mullingar, Mullingar, Belvedere House, Columb Barracks

Artillery preserved in Ireland, 

Mullingar, Belvedere House, Columb Barracks

Data current to 29 Nov 2020.

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document every historical piece of artillery preserved in Ireland.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these guns to provide and update the data found on these web pages.  Photos are by the author unless otherwise credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Guns and Artillery in Ireland would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at

Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland

 (Colin Stone Photo)

Ordnance QF 4.5-inch howitzer.

Mullingar, Belvedere House

 (Colin Stone Photos)

Ordnance QF 25-pounder field gun.

Mullingar, Columb Barracks

Columb Barracks, which were originally known as Wellington Barracks after Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, were built as part of the response to the Irish Rebellion and completed between 1814 and 1819.  The barracks were taken over by forces of the Irish Free State in 1922 and renamed Columb Barracks after Patrick Columb, an Irish Republican who had been killed in Mullingar earlier that year.  They became home to the 4th Field Artillery Regiment and the 54th Reserve Field Artillery Regiment.  The barracks closed in March 2012.

 (Colin Stone Photos)

QF 12-pounder 12-cwt Mk. I Gun mounted on a Mk. I Garrison Carriage, 1902, No. A.2515, V.S.M., Queen Victoria cypher. 

Many guns were mounted on pedestals secured to the ground to defend harbours against possible attack by small fast vessels such as torpedo boats, until the 1950s.  These guns were traversed (moved from side to side) manually by the gunlayer as he stood on the left side with his arm hooked over a shoulder piece as he aimed, while he operated the elevating handwheel with his left hand and grasped the pistol grip with trigger in his right hand.

 (Colin Stone Photo)

French 75-mm Field Gun, aka Canon de 75 Modèle 1897, Mullingar Square.

 (Colin Stone Photos)

Brandt mle 27/31 (3.2-inch, 81-mm) mortar.

 (Colin Stone Photo)

Brass Smoothbore Muzzleloading model in a trophy cabinet.