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March- September

Open 7 days 10am until 5pm


Under 18s must be accompanied by an Adult

Did you know?

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


Adults: €10.00

Student: €8.50

OAP: €8.50

Child: €6.00

Family ticket: €30.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children)


Under 18s must be accompanied by an Adult  
One of the best Cork Visitor Attractions
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Terence Bellew McManus

Terence Bellew McManus was part of the failed 1848 rebellion in Tipperary. He was arrested on board an emigrant ship bound for Boston. The Policeman who arrested him had, in fact, been searching for a different man on board the ship. The “gentlemanly” appearance of McManus is what attracted the attention of the officer and he questioned him. The officer was sure he recognised him and became suspicious of who McManus and his acquaintance claimed to be. According to newspaper reports of the time the officer “thought it better to take him into custody”.

The following day, at a hearing in the police office, his identity was confirmed and he was handcuffed and removed to the City Gaol. After a few days he was taken to Passage and then on to Dublin via steamer, where he was imprisoned in Richmond Bridewell.

Terence Bellew McManus was tried in Clonmel in October, alongside Thomas Francis Meagher and Patrick O’Donohue. All three were found guilty of high treason and the judges, after placing their black caps on their heads, announced they would receive “the most awful sentence of the law”.

His sentence was eventually commuted to transportation for life. He was transported to Van Diemen’s Land on board the “Swift” in July 1849. He escaped from there in 1851 and spent the rest of his life in San Francisco.

When he died in 1861, his body was returned to Ireland where he was buried in Glasnevin Cemetary.


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GPS: 51.8995105,-8.49904979


Convent Avenue,
Sunday’s Well,
Cork City,

Tel: 021-4305022