Author: Julie Thompson | Last Updated: 26 Oct 2019
It’s hard to think of somewhere more haunting and spectacular than Kilmainham Gaol. Built in 1795, Kilmainham Gaol was hailed as a modern masterpiece in prison design. Visitors nowadays recognise the barbaric nature of such a place. From the 5 beasts carved above the front door, to the bleak cells within, Kilmainham Gaol oozes atmosphere. Famous for housing some of Ireland’s most notorious political prisoners, this gaol is so much more than just a tourist attraction. Not only did the prison contain key political activists and figures but also played host to over 4,000 prisoners destined for the colonies in Australia. While captivity was the primary function of the prison, the pages of history tell us a much darker story. Kilmainham Gaol also held several high profile public executions mere feet away from the imposing front door. If you’re looking for a living, breathing piece of Irish history with stories to make your toes curl then, Kilmainham Gaol is an essential destination.
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