At the edge of Dublin, high on a hill stands Killmainham Goal. Built in the late 1700’s this jail held most of Ireland’s most famous political prisoners. Closed in the 1920’s it is a fascinating look back in time. Influenced by Victorian attitudes, the prison was constructed to maximize supervision and solitude. The cells were constructed so prisoners could be observed as they were confined in solitary to begin their rehabilitation.
The padlocks on the doors to the individual cells had such finality as they locked prisoners in solitude.