Kilmainham Gaol is an old jail located in Dublin, which has recently completed a series of renovations to its museum area. This old gaol is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, having lain unoccupied since 1924 before its restoration into a historic museum charting Ireland’s troubled past from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. A formidable structure with a symmetric, steel staircase running throughout the main chamber, the yard of Kilmainham Gaol was where the ringleaders of the 1916’s failed separatist uprising were mercilessly put to death.
Over its years of operation, Kilmainham would symbolise the place where individual revolutionaries and their dreams of independence from British rule would go to forceful confinement. Conditions in the jail were dire, with five people often crammed into each cell regardless of gender or age. The gaol today exists only thanks to the efforts of volunteers whose predecessors in the 1960s cleared the premises of debris and overgrowth. Kilmainham now is one of the most popular tour destinations for those wishing to get an authentic measure of Dublin and Ireland’s stark past.
|Kilmainham Gaol, Inchicore Road, Dublin 8, D08 T2X5, Ireland.
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