Kilmainham Jail, Dublin
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.