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Cork Prison

Cork Prison
Location Rathmore Road, Cork City
Status Operational
Security class Medium Security
Capacity 272
Population 298 (as of 2009)
Opened 1972
Former name Collins Barracks
Managed by Irish Prison Service
Governor Mr. James Collins[1]

Cork Prison is an Irish penal institution on Rathmore Road, Cork City, County Cork. It is a closed, medium security prison for males over 17 years of age. It has a bed capacity of 272 and in 2009 it had a daily average inmate population of 298, It is close to Collins Barracks and The Glen area of the city.[2]


In 1806 a military barracks, with a prison attached, was opened by the British government on Rathmore Road, Cork City. Following independence in 1922 the control of this institution was taken over by the Irish Government and renamed Collins Army Barracks and prison (not to be confused with Collins Barracks in Arbour Hill, Dublin 7).

The prison remained in the possession of the Irish Army until 1972 when the prison buildings were handed over to the Department of Justice who returned the facility to use as a civil prison. The barracks remain in the control of the Irish Army.

The prison facility opened as a committal prison after considerable refurbishment in 1983.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Cork Prison". 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2013-05-09. 
  2. ^ Irish Prison Service (2010). Annual Report. Dublin. pp. 10–12. 
  3. ^ Irish Prisons Inspectorate (2007). Cork Prison Inspection: 5th - 12th June 2007. Dublin. 
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