Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, Ireland

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol (Irish: Príosún Chill Mhaighneann) is a former prison that is now a museum run by the Office of Public Works. Many Irish revolutionaries, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, were imprisoned and executed in the prison by the British.


Conditions at the prison were harsh, with no segregation of prisoners. Men, women and children were incarcerated up to 5 in a cell, with only a single candle for light and heat. Some were held here before transportation to Australia.


Pictured left is the interior of the prison courtesy of Tony Hisgett.


Fourteen leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were imprisoned and executed here. They were led to the courtyard on the mornings of May 1916, where they faced firing squads. Some claim that with such a gruesome history, it is of little surprise that the Gaol is haunted.


Various phenomena have been reported. These include lights turning on of their own accord, unnatural gusts of air, sounds of footsteps, and a sense of evil in certain areas.

Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre,

Inchicore Road,


Dublin, D08 RK28.


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For further information, please read Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.


Visitor Information

Kilmainham Gaol opened in 1796 as the new County Gaol for Dublin. It closed its doors in 1924.

It lies on Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin.

Pictured is the Kilmainham Gaol courtesy of Nol Aders. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.