THE closure of one of Ireland's oldest garda stations is tipped to uncover an archaeological treasure trove.
Barrack Street garda station in Cork will close its doors today, bringing to an end over 400 years of police and military police history.
However, its closure is now set to allow for a major excavation of the rebuilt 17th Century military fort in which it was located.
Historians believe it will now shed further light on Elizabethan and Jacobite Ireland.
The station, which was the headquarters for 13 gardai and four sergeants, will now see its responsibilities handed over to Angelsea Street station. That includes the busy area of Barrack Street, the south city quays and the area around University College Cork ( UCC).
From next month, Angelsea Street will be the only 24-hour garda station left in Cork city.
Cork's Lord Mayor Cllr John Buttimer (FG) confirmed that the Barrack Street station, developed in a section of the historic Elizabeth Fort site, will now be handed over to Cork City Council.
"This will allow for further works on the Elizabeth Fort, which is scheduled to be opened to the public as a tourist attraction shortly," he said.