Kilmainham Gaol Part II

Part 1

In the courtyard in which the plaque remembering the men who were killed is where the rebel leaders were executed.

Below is a photo of where the men were executed.

 

Inside the Gaol in the largest area is where many of those who were imprisoned during the civil war were kept.

Two notable individuals being Eamon De Valera and Grace Gifford, both of whom famously opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

3am

I remember walking through the city at 3:30am.

Eerily quiet and the only thing accompanying me being the harsh bright street lights.

The bustling city, filled with entitlement and self importance, lying there empty and silent. As if the land and the city was an unwilling vessel for the sudden and rapid urbanisation and commercialisation now ever present. 

And only now the city can relax,

Kilmainham Gaol Part I

I recently made my first visit to  Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. Famous for holding the 1916 Easter Rising leaders prior to their execution, on site.

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The leaders were able to be identified, as when they were printing the Proclamation of the Irish Republic (Which proclaimed Ireland’s independence from the UK).

When this was being printed it had to be printed in two halves, and as they were discovered by the British, they only had time to destroy the top half, leaving the bottom half, which included all of signatories of the Proclamation.

A list of the men executed is shown below.

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Grace Continued

Part 1

After the untimely sentencing and subsequent death of her new husband, Grace Gifford herself became incarcerated in the very Gaol in which her husband was killed.

Grace opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty and was arrested during the Irish Civil War and brought to Kilmainham Gaol. She only spent a few short months here, but during her time she put her artistic talents to work and painted her cell walls.

I was lucky enough to visit both Grace’s cell as well as Joseph Mary Plunkett’s.