The gaol was built in 1796 and at first was known as the ‘new gaol’ this was so it could be distinguished from the old gaol it was replacing. Men, women and children were kept here and they were not segregated, any five people were kept to one cell with only a candle for light. It was also a holding gaol for people who were waiting to be deported. The gaol is well known for many of its prisoners who were campaigners for Irish independence.
Many people here were tortured and/or executed; the hangings were carried out on a gibbet which was on a balcony above the entrance. The last executions were in 1922 and were 4 young boys who were convicted of possessing firearms after they set out to try and gain vengeance against Erskine Childers. The last prisoner was Eamonn DeValera who was one of the leaders during the Easter Rising. He was not executed the same as 14 others due to being an American citizen. He later became president of Ireland and after the prison closed down in 1924 was responsible for restoring and opening the gaol up as a museum in the 60’s.
Reported Paranormal Activity
The most haunted part of the prison is the Stonebreakers Yard, this is where the holding cells were for prisoners who were being executed. It is a very somber place and is filled with unsettled spirits who died before their time. Also lights turn on by themselves, noises are heard and some people report having a complete feeling of dread and a sense of foreboding at the entrance.
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