Cork City Gaol Revisited

We had a few heavy showers here this morning and in between I rang Tommy in the gaol (021 4305022) to advise him of my impending arrival. It is important to ring to avail of the disabled access and parking. Check out the website – http://corkcitygaol.com/

Jean is not fully operational yet so I visited on my own. Tommy and the staff are very helpful. The gaol is open to the public for 20 years and much to my shame I had never visited before. The upper floors are replicas of the ground with different stories in the cells. It meets my 3 criteria of being wheelchair accessible (excl. upper floors), has parking and accessible toilets.

The photo is not of a prison wheel chair but of a weighing scales to determine a prisoners weight to ensure he wasn’t eating too much  or determine his weight before hanging. resized

It was well worth the visit to see how prisoners were dealt with over 150 years ago. No televisions or en-suite facilities in those days. There are life size mannequins in some of the cells.

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2 thoughts on “Cork City Gaol Revisited

  1. Declan Groeger

    Hi John thanks for taking the time to share that bit of Irish and family history.

  2. My father ,Sean O’Driscoll (aka -John Driscoll) & his brother Diarmuid( Jeremiah) were both
    Weighed on that chair both on 2 occasions in 1918 & 1919. Subsequently both we’re interned in Wormwood Scrubs Prison in Feb to June 1920 and on “hunger strike ” .
    Diarmuid was the last Internee released before returning to participate in the War of Independence

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