A visit to the local shopping mall can sometimes feel like strolling through a prison, except for the food court, Sharper Image, and pimply teenagers. After touring Kilmainheim Jail, an imposing stone fortress in far west Dublin, I realized that that mall-ish sense of conformity is, indeed, not entirely fortuitous.
It was here at Kilmainheim Jail that some of Ireland’s most revered, and controversial, revolutionaries were held and ultimately executed. Thomas Russell, Robert Emmett, Wolfe Tone, and Michael Collins all did time in the jail, the design of which bucked the trend of that time period’s standard prison blueprint.
Kilmainheim had true reform goals in mind for its inmates, i.e...Read More