Mondays have taken on a recent tradition of visits to various historical sites around Dublin by Pamela and I in pursuit of ideas for my new book on Dublin in the Revolutionary period. Today, it was off to Kilmainham Gaol. I’ve been on several occasions previously, always with students in tow. And while I really enjoy getting to know my students better outside the classroom in the more relaxed environs of field trips, I was looking forward to enjoying the experience without having to keep a watchful eye over my group. Most particularly, I was keen to hear about Frank Teeling’s break from the Gaol: Teeling, who was sentenced to death for his part in Bloody Sunday of 1920, is my God-father’s uncle. Unfortunately, while reference was made to the escape of three prisoners, Teeling, Ernie O’Malley and Simon Donnelly were never actually named in this particular tour. Unlike recent tours of the Dublin Tenement Experience and Glasnevin Cemetery, I have very little to say about today’s. It was rushed, familiar, simplistic (perhaps understandably so), although I do commend the organising staff for moving the long queue for tickets so efficiently and swiftly, and in a very friendly manner. In contrast to my previous research posts, what follows is simply some of the photos I took today.
You can read the previous two posts relating to my Dublin-research for the new book below:
All images are author’s own, photographed at source.