Kilmainham Gaol

Dublin City Centre, Co. Dublin

A visit to Ireland’s most infamous prison, Kilmainham Gaol, is a potted history of Ireland’s struggle for independence since the opening of the prison in 1796. The prison was built just in time to incarcerate the supporters of the 1798 rebellion. The leading insurgents of the 1916 Rising were also imprisoned here. The visit takes in the chapel where Joseph Plunkett was married three hours before execution, and the yard where James Connolly, Plunkett and 15 other leaders of the uprising were executed. The last prisoner to be released from Kilmainham, in July of 1924, was Eamon de Valera, who went on to serve three terms as Prime Minister and later became President of the Republic.

The man in the above image is not Eamon de Valera and bears no resemblance to him. Neither is he a fictional character because we seem him around a lot.

At a Glance

  • Very Moving Tour
  • Appears in "In the Name of the Father"
  • Highlights Ireland's struggle for Independence

Our Take

Kilmainham Gaol is probably the most revealing tour of any attraction in Dublin as it portrays the experiences of the main players in Ireland's independence struggle- who all seemed to end up here sooner or later.