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Kilmainham Gaol, also known as Kilmainham Jail, is a former prison located in Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland. It is now a museum. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 643 KB) Summary Kilmainham Jail (Victorian wing). ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 643 KB) Summary Kilmainham Jail (Victorian wing). ... Kilmainham (Irish Cill Mhaighneann) is a suburb of Dublin south of the River Liffey and west of the city centre, in the Dublin 8 postal district. ... Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath), is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Ireland, located near the midpoint of Irelands east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and at the centre of the Dublin Region. ...


Kilmainham gaol has played an important part in Irish history, as many leaders of Irish rebellions were imprisoned and some executed in the jail. The jail has also been used as a set for several films. The History of Ireland is the story of a large island in the north-west of Europe and is heavily influenced by the concurrent History of Britain, its larger neighbour to the east. ...


When it was first built in the late 1780s it was called the "New Gaol" to distinguish it from the old jail it was intended to replace - a noisome dungeon, just a few hundred metres from the present site. Over the 140 years it served as a prison it held in its cells many of the most famous people involved in the campaign for Irish independence. The leaders of the Easter Rising, 1916 were held and executed here. The last prisoner held in the jail was Eamon de Valera. It was abandoned as a jail in 1924 by the government of the new Irish Free State. Following lengthy restoration it now houses a museum on the history of Irish nationalism and offers guided tours of the building. Easter Proclamation, read by Pádraig Pearse outside the GPO at the start of the Easter Rising, 1916. ... Eamon de Valera (born Edward George de Valera, sometimes Gaelicised Éamon de Bhailéara; October 14, 1882 – August 29, 1975), was an Irish politician, best known as a leader of Irelands struggle for independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in the early 20th Century, and... The Irish Free State (Irish: Saorstát Éireann) was (1922–1937) the name of the state comprising the 26 of Irelands 32 counties which were separated from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland under the Irish Free State Agreement (or Anglo-Irish Treaty) signed by British and... Irish nationalism refers to political movements that desire greater autonomy or the independence of Ireland from Great Britain. ...


Films that have been filmed at the jail

Among its many famous prisoners were:- The Italian Job is a British comedy caper film, directed by Peter Collinson and written by Troy Kennedy Martin, who also penned episodes of the British TV series The Sweeney starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman. ... In the Name of the Father is a 1993 film directed by Jim Sheridan which tells the story of a man, falsely convicted of the Provisional IRAs Guildford pub bombing, who tries to prevent his father from being involved in the accusation. ... Michael Collins is a semi-fictitious film made in 1996 about Michael Collins, the Irish patriot and revolutionary who died in the Irish civil war. ...

Robert Emmet Robert Emmet (4 March 1780 - 20 September 1803) was an Irish nationalist rebel leader. ... Anne Devlin was Robert Emmets Romantic friend. ... William Smith OBrien (born Dromoland, Ireland, October 17, 1803; died Bangor, Wales, June 18, 1864) was an Irish Nationalist and MP and leader of the Young Ireland movement. ... Thomas Francis Meagher (1823 – 1867) aka: OMeagher, or Meagher of the Sword; was born August 3, 1823 in Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland; and died July 1, 1867 at Fort Benton, Montana. ... Jeremiah ODonovan Rossa. ... Charles Stewart Parnell (June 27, 1846 – October 6, 1891) was an Irish political leader and one of the most important figures in 19th century Ireland and the United Kingdom; William Ewart Gladstone thought him the most remarkable person he had ever met. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Patrick Pearse Patrick Henry Pearse (known as Pádraic Pearse or, in the Irish language, as Pádraic Anraí Mac Piarais) (November 10, 1879 - May 3, 1916) was a teacher, poet, writer and political activist who led the Irish Easter Rising in 1916. ... For the Olympic athlete, see James Connolly (athlete) James Connolly James Connolly (June 5, 1868 - May 12, 1916) was an Irish nationalist and socialist leader. ... Constance Georgine Markiewicz (1868?1927), was an Irish politician and nationalist. ... Eamon de Valera (born Edward George de Valera, sometimes Gaelicised Éamon de Bhailéara; October 14, 1882 – August 29, 1975), was an Irish politician, best known as a leader of Irelands struggle for independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in the early 20th Century, and... Michael John Collins (Irish name Micheál Ó Coileáin; October 16, 1890 – August 22, 1922), an Irish revolutionary leader, served as Minister for Finance in the Irish Republic, as Director of Intelligence for the IRA, as a member of the Irish delegation during the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations, as Chairman... Joeseph Mary Plunkett was married to his beloved Grace Gifford in Kilmainham Jail hours before his execution. ...

See also

The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham in Kilmainham, Dublin is one of the finest 17th-century building in Ireland. ...

External link

  • Protect Kilmainham Gaol Campaign


Museums and Galleries in Ireland

The Chester Beatty Library | The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery | The Downpatrick Railway Museum | The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery | The Hunt Museum | The Irish Museum of Modern Art | The Irish Jewish Museum | Kilmainham Jail | The National Gallery of Ireland | The National Museum of Ireland | The National Print Museum of Ireland | The Pearse Museum | The State Heraldic Museum | The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum | The Ulster Museum The Chester Beatty Library was established in Dublin, Ireland in 1950, to house the remarkable collections of mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. ... The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery is a public art gallery in Cork city. ... The Downpatrick & Co Down Railway is a heritage railway in County Down, Northern Ireland. ... The Hugh Lane : Dublin City Gallery is an art gallery funded by Dublin City Council and located in Charlemont House in Dublin city in Ireland. ... The Hunt Museum is a museum in the city of Limerick, Ireland. ... The Irish Museum of Modern Art, also known as the IMMA, opened in May 1991 and is Irelands leading national institution exhibiting and collecting modern and contemporary art. ... The Irish Jewish Museum is a small museum in Dublin dedicated to the history of the Irish Jewish community. ... The National Gallery of Ireland houses the Irish national collection of Irish and European art. ... The National Museum of Ireland (NMI) is the main museum in Ireland. ... The National Print Museum of Ireland is based in a soldiers chapel in the Beggars Bush area of Dublin, Republic of Ireland. ... The Pearse Museum is dedicated to the memory of Patrick Pearse, educationalist and nationalist who was executed for his part in the 1916 Rising. ... The State Heraldic Museum in Kildare St. ... The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum is situated about 6 miles East of the City of Belfast. ... The Ulster Museum is located in the Botanical Gardens in Belfast and has around 8,000 square metres of public display space, featuring material from the collections of Fine and Applied Art, Archaeology, Ethnography, Treasures from the Armada, Local History, Numismatics, Industrial Archaeology, Botany, Zoology and Geology. ...


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Kilmainham Jail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (232 words)
Kilmainham gaol has played an important part in Irish history, as many leaders of Irish rebellions were imprisoned and some executed in the jail.
The last prisoner held in the jail was Eamon de Valera.
It was abandoned as a jail in 1924 by the government of the new Irish Free State.
Kilmainham Jail - definition of Kilmainham Jail in Encyclopedia (236 words)
Kilmainham Jail, also known as Kilmainham Gaol, is a prison located in Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland.
The jail has played an important part in Irish history, as many leaders of Irish rebellions were imprisoned and some executed in the jail.
When it was first built in the late 1780s it was called the "New Jail" to distinguish it from the old jail it was intended to replace - a noisome dungeon, just a few hundred metres from the present site.
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