WELL WORTH A VISIT IF YOU CAN GET A BOOKING
Locks Restaurant was a former sweetshop and in revolutionary times its basement window provided a great vantage point for spying across the canal at the former British Army barracks, Portobello Barracks. It opened in 1815 and became the National Army’s headquarters under General Michael Collins during the Civil War. In 1952 it was renamed Cathal Brugha Barracks, in honour of one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.
Portobello Harbour was opened in 1801, becoming an important terminus for barges travelling along the Grand Canal. The harbour was originally larger in size and also served as a water reservoir until 1863. Portobello House, originally the Grand Canal Hotel, opened in 1807. The building was later used as an
asylum for the blind and then as a nursing home where artist Jack B. Yeats, brother of poet W.B. Yeats, spent his final years.