On my second weekend in Dublin I visited Kilmainham Gaol an ancient I rish prison that has a very interesting history. The prison had multiple political prisonners and during the famine a lot of children. The guide that made us the visit was very interesting, thanks to him we could understand how the irish history impacted the kilnainham gaol prison.
The prison opened in 1796 and closed in 1924 after the WWI. The prison known the famine of 1845 in Ireland because of the potato disease. It impacted the prison because they were more women and children(5 to 12 years old) due to food stealing. The children were treated the same way as the other prisonners, they get sever punishment and a lot died because of the mistreatment that they had in prison. This prison was overpopulated in this period. I was shocked to learn the history of the prison because it shows how much the country suffered during this period due to the potato disease.
in the 19th century the prison kept a lot of participant of rebellion on some of the members were even executed in the prison itself. The prison wa known to help : Henry Joy McCracken, Robert Emmet, Anne Devlin, Charles Stewart Parnell and the leaders of 1916 rebellion.
During the visit of the prison you can learn a lot of the Irish hitory during this time period. Events such as the famine and the rebellion impacted a lot the prison. It is really interesting and the guided tour has to be reserved in advance because it is a tour that attract a lot of tourists.