One of the best Dublin things to do can be found in venue holding the stories of the city’s sordid past. In a suitably grim hulk of a building on the outskirts of town lies the infamous Kilmainham gaol, unwelcome home to scores of villains, famine victims and political heroes from Ireland’s struggle for independence—most notably Robert Emmett and Countess Markievicz. Most of the nationalist soldiers captured during the 1916 uprising were executed here in the exercise yard, which you cross on the excellent guided tour. The Victorian winged prison here was modelled on London’s Pentonville prison, with its metal walkways leading to single dank dark cells (you can still read the impassioned graffiti on those walls). It’s all still eerily and exactly as it had been during its time of operation. There’s a fascinating museum on site that tells the stories of the prison, its restoration and its legions of pitiful occupants with intriguing detail.
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