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Apr - Sep
9.30am - 5pm  

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Countess Markievicz spent 4 months here in Cork City Gaol.
Photography by Barry McCarthy


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Important Dates

1804: Act of parliament passed to build new Gaol in Cork.

1808: Distillery fields site chosen. This site flooded most of the year

1810: Present site chosen.

1820: Work began on the building of Gaol.

1824: Completion of building; first prisoners arrive.

1828: First execution, outside front gate.

1848: Imprisonment of “Young Irelanders” in Sunday’s Well.

1858: Water supply connected and male cells heated.

1865: The Galtee Boy (J.S.Casey) and other Fenians, imprisoned in Sunday’s Well, and gas lights fitted.

1868: Last of the public executions took place.

1870: Western wing of prison altered.

1878: Becomes Women’s Prison

1900: 20 new cut-stone steps with new side walls constructed at prison entrance.

1919: Police guard outside for visitors, Countess Markievicz and other republicans in Gaol. Conditions reasonable inside.

1922: Prison infested with vermin, a suicide net stretched by the iron stairs. Gas light in corridors and radiator pipes in cells.

1923: Civil war prisoners interned, then prison closed, and all remaining prisoners transferred to other Gaols.

1927: Cork Broadcast Station (6CK) opened in Gaol.

1934: All Gaol fittings disposed of in auction in the Gaol.

1958: Radio station closes down.

1950’s/80’s: The Post Office Years.

1993: Phase one of restored prison opened by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Micheál Martin, T.D.


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Convent Avenue, Sunday’s Well, Cork City, Ireland. Tel: 021-4305022 Fax: 021-4307230 E: GPS: 51.8995105,-8.49904979
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