Ireland is a country known for its rebel spirit, and the marks of rebellion are visible throughout its capital city, Dublin. While monuments to Irish insurgence and freedom dot the city, there is one place where the significance of the many uprisings strikes more deeply than any other: Kilmainham Gaol.
Opened in 1796, Kilmainham Gaol experienced some of the most heroic and tragic events of Ireland's history. Today the building symbolises the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism from the rebellion of 1798 to the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. Leaders of the many rebellions, which covered the 18th and 19th century, along with most members of the Irish Republican movement and the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, were also detained in Kilmainham and subsequently executed by the British. As a county jail, Kilmainham also held thousands of ordinary men, women and children, whose crimes ranged from petty offences to more serious crimes. Convicts from many parts of Ireland were held there for long periods waiting to be transported to Australia.
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