Set of four coasters with cork backing showing a view across Clarke Square at Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Dublin. Collins Barracks is the location of the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History. It is named after Michael Collins, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Free State Army. Collins displayed heroic leadership during the 1920-21 War of Independence, only to be assassinated in 1922, during the Irish Civil War, aged just 31. Today, Collins occupies legendary status in modern Ireland. Clarke Square, a large central courtyard, forms the heart of the Museum. It is named after Thomas Clarke, executed rebel leader during the 1916 Rising. Collins Barracks was an army base for some 200 years before being renovated for use as a museum. The network of tall, granite-faced buildings retain an imposing, military air. The site boasts a rich and varied history. Completed in 1704, it played an important role suppressing uprisings over the centuries. Wolfe Tone, the founder and leading member of the United Irishmen, was court martialled and imprisoned here after the 1798 Rebellion. During the 1916 Easter Rising, troops based here tackled rebel positions on Usher's Island, at the Four Courts, and in the GPO.