HC Deb 27 August 1895 vol 36 c888

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, if the negotiations for securing a rifle range at Rossmore Park, county Monaghan, have been broken off; and if so, would he consider the advisability of renewing them in the interest of the Military Service; is he aware that the proposed range at Rossmore possessed exceptional advantages in offering a ground on which practice could be continued in all weathers without those drawbacks which affect ranges on the seashore; also that there is a never-failing supply of good water on the range, and that the ground is peculiarly suited for the erection of huts or buildings to accommodate troops; and, if he will give further consideration to this important matter before finally resolving to abandon the scheme?


A site for a rifle range in Rossmore Park was offered to the military authorities in Ireland last year; but, after careful examination of the ground, they did not consider that it offered such advantages as to render its acquisition desirable. The provision of a range is being considered.

MR. T. M. HEALY (Louth, N.)

Was it on the ground of price?


No, Sir, it was not on the ground of price, but of the unsuitability of the rifle range.