Dublin: Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol (“gaol” is an old spelling for “jail” but is pronounced the same way) was the last historical site I toured during my visit to Dublin. It’s listed on the major tour bus routes, and I recommend getting here early in the day. I arrived just after it closed the day before, and I barely made it with time to spare on my final day in the city.

Kilmainham played a significant role in Irish history, and some of the country’s most famous military and political leaders were incarcerated here. Others lost their lives by firing squad in the courtyard. You’ll see a few photos of that below — the condemned prisoners stood at the spots marked by crosses.

In addition to the terrific displays that explain the facility’s history, the group tour guides will provide excellent commentary during your visit.

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Bonus Photo!

As the hours were counting down toward my departure from Dublin, I had dinner one more time in Temple Bar. That’s a really cool part of the city.

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