Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

Lawrence Photographic StudioCirca 1895

National Library of Ireland

National Library of Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

Kilmainham Gaol opened in 1796. Prisoners incarcerated there for political acts and insurrection include United Irishmen Henry Joy McCracken and Robert Emmet. Young Irelanders William Smith O'Brien and Thomas Francis Meagher were held in Kilmainham Gaol before transport to Tasmania. Many Fenians were imprisoned here after the failed Fenian uprising of 1867. The MP Charles Stewart Parnell spent 6 months in the Gaol following his rejection of the 1881 Land Act. Kilmainham Gaol closed on 28 February 1910, but was brought back into service for political prisoners in 1916.


  • Title: Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • Creator: Lawrence Photographic Studio
  • Date Created: Circa 1895

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