Kilmainhaim Gaol (jail) is a historical jail that was used by the British as political prison cell. Today, it is a moving museum of the sufferings of the Irish people. Many of those who fought for Irish independence were held and executed at this jail house including leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803,1804, 1867 and 1916. The last prisoner to be held here was Eamon de Valera, who later became President of Ireland.
It was touching to tour the cells and this place of execution. The tales of colonialism and heroic patriotism is commendable. The museum is a great exhibit of the Victorian prison life as well as Ireland’s fight for independence.