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"Kilmainham Gaol" Kilmainham Jail Tip by sabsi

Kilmainham Jail, Dublin: 78 reviews and 142 photos

  Kilmainham Gaol
by sabsi

Tour Dublin's old jail and learn so much about Irish history. This building witnessed a turbulent past including Famine, Revolution and Civil War). The tour through the prison is definitely my favourite tour in Dublin! The Jail opened in 1796 and closed in 1924 when the last prisoner, future Irish president Eamon de Valera was released.

After its closing in 1924 Kilmainham Gaol was falling into a state of ruin. In 1960, voluntary workers - mostly veterans from the time of the Irish civil war - started restoring and made it to the national monument which it is now.

Tours take about an hour. Have a look into the museum before it starts! It then starts with the new wing that you might know from movies such as "In the Name of the Father", followed by a multimedia (slide) show about Irish history, shown in the Catholic chapel where Grace Gifford and Joseph Mary Plunkett were married only a few hours before his execution.

After this you will see the small and cold cells which housed the 1916 leaders, but also the relatively big and comfortable rooms where Parnell was forced to stay. In the end there is Stonebreakers' Yard, where your guide describes the executions and a cross marks the spot. James Connolly was brought in here by ambulance and shot while tied to a chair because he was wounded during the Easter rising.

Just a warning: You might want to know some facts about Irish history before you visit. If you have heard names like Eamon de Valera or Patrick Pearse before you should be ok. Otherwise it might not be too exciting for you to do the tour.

Address: Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Directions: Near Heuston Station
othercontact: EUR 5.30, open daily 10 - 18 Uhr
Phone: +353 (0)1 453-5984

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 4, 2007
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