on January 20, 2011
I visited Kilmainham Gaol last march. The tour was cheap and excellent. The guide gave an interesting tour and it made you aware of the hardship of the lives of the people jailed here. But what made it worth while for me apart from the obvious was the artifacts from the residents of the Jail. In perticular letter that were sent between a couple and it makes you realise just how real these people were. The letters linked with the information from the tour made me see them as more then just part of history.This one hour guided tour is a must see for any visitor to Dublin. The tour brings through the gaol starting with a short film in the old chapel.The open area with it's metal staricases is amazing. I think the prison sequences in "In the name of the Father" were filmed here.However the highlight is at the end, when you visit the stonebreakers yard where the executions took place after the 1916 Easter Rising. On a cold day it's easy to imagine the executions taking place. As an Irish person it had a huge impact on me.The tour is recommended by many and as Ive seen a lot of things in Dublin it was great to stumble upon this. The guides are fantastic and the atmosphere is really eerie inside. The building is so historical and the guides were really informative.With a student card this only cost me 2 euros and that is a bargain for an expensive city like Dublin.
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