Haunted Ireland

The Kilmainham Gaol (1789)  Prisoners from the United Irish Rebellion of 1796, the Emmet Rebellion of 1803, the Great Famine of 1845 to 1851, the Young Ireland Rebellion of 1848,  the Fenian Rebellion of 1867, the Land War of the 1880s, the Easter Rising of 1916, the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War were held and often executed here. Famous leaders in Ireland’s independence were imprisoned here, such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, James Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett, plus hundreds of falsely accused political prisoners. Political prisoners were executed by firing squad in the courtyard. Innocent children were also imprisoned here for being poor and orphaned. This prison has been featured in many movies, such as “In the Name of the Father.” Tours are offered of this dark, historical structure that stands as a reminder of the troubles in Ireland that are still being fought. While not known specifically for being haunted, visitors can definitely feel unsettled energy here. 

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