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Kilmainham Goal

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A prison and national monument

Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland
2 Euros entrance fee, which includes the guided tour and the musem

Kilmainham Goal is an abandoned prison in the city of Dublin built in 1796. The prison served an important role in the history of the country as many leaders and politicians were detained and sometimes even hanged here.

 

The prison was closed in 1924, with its last prisoner being Eamon de Valera, a dominant political figure and one of the figures who led the introduction of the constitution.

 

The prison was originally built to fit one prisoner in a room, but soon it became overpopulated and it held more and more people, especially during the famine.

 

Today, the prison serves as a national memorial and you can visit it and see it its intact states on a tour that will only cost you two euros. Aside from that, there is a four story museum full of information and artifacts attached to the prison.

 

Many films have been shot here, including The Escapist, The wind That Shakes the Barley and The Adventures of the young indiana Jones. The prison also served as the location for one of U2’s video, “A Celebration”

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