Kilmainham Jail, Dublin
Kilmainham Gaol was in use between 1796 and 1924 and you get a great feeling for Irish history in that place. It has seen a long row of Irish rebels coming through its gates (and into its cells), starting with the United Irishmen of 1796 up to the rebels of the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Civil War, with the future Irish president Eamon de Valera being the last prisoner to leave Kilmainham in 1924. One of the most gruesome points in its history must have been when 14 leaders of the Easter Rising were executed in Stonebreaker’s Yard in May 1916. One of them, James Connolly, had been so badly wounded during the rising that he was not able to stand and was therefore shot while tied to a chair. These executions caused in shift in public attitude towards the rising. While a large part of the Irish people did not support the rising originally, this act of brutality by the British Army made many people change their minds and gave new impetus to the Irish wish for freedom, leading to the War of Independence from 1919 – 1921.
A visit to Kilmainham starts with an interesting exhibition about the history of the jail, capital punishment and about the Irish rebellions whose participants filled Kilmainham's cells. A very good and informative guided tour will then take you to the main hall where parts of the film “In the Name of the Father” were shot. From there it goes on to the chapel where Joseph Plunkett married Grace Gifford just hours before his execution. You will also see Stonebreaker’s Yard, and a rather dark, damp and draughty prison tract. So don’t dress too lightly when you visit Kilmainham.
Old Kilmainham Gaol (Jail), where political and other prisoners used to be held, is my top must-see for Dublin. In its partially renovated state, Kilmainham Gaol chilled me while the tour guide told stories of executions, child prisoners and overcrowding.
The jail has been used in movies like Michael Collins and Chicago. With knowledgable tour guides and even a slide show in the old jail chapel, the tour gives a great summary of Irish history. The guide even stayed and talked for a half hour after the tour's end and recommended books for further reading.
Old and famous prison. You might know the inside from 'In the name of the father',what was filmed here! Take a guided tour and you will learn a lot about the Easterrising 1916 and all the prisoners who have 'lived' and died in these cold, stoney cells!
Kilmainham Goal dates from 1789 but was restaurated in the 60ties.
During it's 130 years of existance, it housed a lot of famous Irish resistants. Among them Robert Emmet and Charles Stewart Parnell.
The very last prisoner was Eamon de Valera, later became president of Ireland, released on 16th July 1924!
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A guide will lead you through all the places, beginning in the Chapel where Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford got married just before his execution, followed by his participation of the revolt of 1916.
The end of the tour brings you to the innercourt where the deadly wounded James Connolly was but into a chair (because he was too weak to stand up) facing a fire execution peleton.
You will be taken along the small and unhealthy cell where so many rebels has been imprissoned.
It is a pity that the day before my visit (March 2001)they just removed the Asgard, the ship on which in 1914 the Nationalists had smuggled weapons from Germany, and by doing so breaking through British blokades.
The Asgard is in restauration.
This prison, last used as such in 1924 is now a museum about Ireland's quest for independence.
The exhibition give insight in the stories of the sufferingd of famous patriots awaiting their transportation or execution.
Kilmainham Goal is also the place where the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were executed.
Kilmainham Gaol.IF for no other reason, Kilmainham Gaol would is remarkable for being the biggest unoccupied gaol in europe.
Touching in so many ways on the people and forces that shaped modern Ireland, Kilmainham Gaol offers a panoramic insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history.
A visit to the Gaol includes a guided tour, an audio–visual presentation and an exhibition.
Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained here. The names of Robert Emmet, Thomas Francis Meagher, Charles Stewart Parnell, the leaders of the 1916 Rising, DeValera and a host of other famous names are associated with the Gaol.
And if you want to know more of the history of the Republic, the tour of Kilmainham Gaol, the former State Jail, is very instructive and interesting.
Sequences of the film In the name of the Father were shot here.
This is an interesting tour of an 18th century prison. The tour lasts around an hour and you visit places like the cells and the yard where prisoners were executed. A fascinating and poignant place.
You might recognise the photo - the prison was the set for several films, including 'In The Name of The Father'.
This plaque and an Irish flag commemorate the deaths of the revolutionary leaders of the Easter Rising in the yard in which they were killed.
While we were in Dublin we went to Kilmainham Prison. They have held a number of famous prisoners there, and you can go into cells and read the names on the walls. It's a fascinating place to see.