Kilmainham Gaol or Jail, Dublin, Ireland – Top 10 Things to See and Do

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  • Created: September 29, 2013
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Dublin
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Kilmainham Gaol or Jail in Dublin City is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s and is now a museum. Kilmainham Gaol played an important part in Irish history, as many leaders of Irish rebellions were imprisoned and some executed in the prison by the British and in 1923 by the Irish Free State. When it was first built in 1796, Kilmainham Gaol was called the 'New Gaol' to distinguish it from the old gaol it was intended to replace - a noisy dungeon.

- When the Gaol was first built, public hangings took place at the front of the Gaol.

- However, from the 1820s onward very few hangings, public or private, took place at Kilmainham.

- A small hanging cell was built in the gaol in 1891. It is located on the first floor, between the West Wing and the East Wing.

1. Kilmainham Gaol or Jail, Dublin, Ireland - Top 10 Things to See and Do

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