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Kilmainham Gaol

July 31, 2008
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Kilmainham Gaol Cell, originally uploaded by IrishFireside.

liam says…Today my cousins and I took the train into Dublin to visit Kilmainham Gaol. The prison has always been one of my favorite sites in the city. The day has been great, but the weather is terrible.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Toby permalink
    August 1, 2008 1:53 AM

    This was our favorite stop on the hop on, hop off bus. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

  2. August 1, 2008 2:07 AM

    I thought this was a really special tour: reminded me of Victoria Goal in Melbourne, Australia. Same Victorian error era.

  3. August 1, 2008 2:20 AM

    corey says…The architecture is similar between the two. Melbourne Gaol has Ned Kelly’s death mask too!…which was fascinating.

    Kilmainham’s connection to Ireland’s Rebellion history makes it a favorite for those with Irish ancestry.

  4. Theresa Hamalainen permalink
    August 1, 2008 2:33 PM

    Once I discovered Gaol was a jail it put Kilmainham at the top of our list. 3 out the 4 of us are jail officers and our 4th is marrying into the jail family.
    After listening to the podcasts and reading about Kilmainham I fell in love with the rebels and now I am really excited to see and learn more.
    Thanks for the sneak peek Liam!

  5. Theresa Hamalainen permalink
    August 1, 2008 3:00 PM

    Oh, how great! I found some from Doolin, the Burren, and Cliffs of Moher in there too! We are staying in Doolin for a week so it will give me something to dream about until Oct.

    Why and what is the meaning of the ribbons and things by the wells? I am not catholic so I have no idea but it looks interesting.

  6. August 2, 2008 1:24 AM

    The ribbons are a bit like candles in a Church. They represent a prayer or intention. It’s something physical a person can leave behind to represent something deeply spiritual.

    It is also common for people to bring tokens such at photos, prayer cards, cds and other items representing a person they are praying for… kind of like some people do in cemeteries.

    Many of the holy wells and sacred sites in Ireland date back to pre-Christian times, so there is a mix of Christian and more ancient spirituality. Thus, many of the rag trees are called fairy trees.

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