The Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks was constructed between the years of 1870 and 1875.
The authorities wanted an imposing building to protect the Irish end of the transatlantic telegraph cable, which entered the sea at Valentia Island. The "Old World" and "New World" were connected at last and the authorities did not want an uprising cutting that link. In fact, only one year after the cable had been laid in 1866, there was an uprising in Cahersiveen by the Fenians.
The British authorities were so anxious to get the barracks built, it is said the plans were mixed up and that we have a building that was originally designed for the Punjab in India. The British commissioned the architect Enoch Trevor-Owen to design the building and the Schloss (is the German word for a building similar to a château, palace, or manor house.), or Scottish Baronial style of architecture was popular with Trevor-Owen.