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Céad Caoga Míle Fáilte*-150,000 Welcomes*

*Bhí 150,000 príosúnaigh I bPríosúin Chill Mhaighneán    -    *There were 150,000 prisoners in Kilmainham Gaol 

20
3/1905

Imprisoned:

A.H.E. Solwyn (53) speculator in stocks and shares
Crime:
Charged with “Unsatisfactory answers” and Remanded to police courts under writ of Habeus Corpus
Sentence: 
Released  3/4/1905 

21
3/1804
3/1810

Hanged:
James Purcell (46);
(b)
Roger Browe (46)

Crime:
(a) Stealing a cow :
(b) Highway robbery
Sentence:
Death

22
3/1817

Hanged:
(a) Thomas Grey

Crime:

Highway robbery
Sentence:
Death
23
3/1837

Transported:
John Hanlon (29)

Crime:

Cow stealing in Kildare
Sentence:
 T
ransportation for life
24
3/1800

Imprisoned:
Martin & Elizabeth Doyle

Crime:

Receiving stolen goods
Sentence:
Found not guilty on 28 March

25
3/1867

Imprisoned
:

 John King (14)

Crime:

Playing pitch & toss
Sentence:
48 hours

26
3/1852

Imprisoned:
Eliza Kennedy (40)

Crime:
Possessing stolen leg of mutton
Sentence:
1 month
Died 02/04/1852

27
3/1905

Imprisoned:
James O’Brien (English Discharged Convict License Holder)
Crime:
Charged Malicious injury to an amount exceeding £5’
Sentence: 

3 years’ penal servitude and 232 days of license forfeited
The first public talk on Edward Trevor, medical Inspector in Kilmainham Gaol, torturer of Anne Devlin, pawn of the Crown.

Mícheál Ó Doibhilín is the acknowledged expert on this overlooked character, possibly the most powerful man in Ireland in the early 19th century.
This talk, copiously illustrated, was given to a rapt audience in Tallaght Historical Society's room in Tallaght Library on Tuesday March 14, 2017.

Admission was free and those present enjoyed this expose of a dark figure in Irish history. The talk is now available for bookings by other societies.
It is with the deepest regret that we record the untimely death of our friend, historian and author Shane Kenna, following a long and hard battle against cancer bravely fought.
Words cannot describe our loss – not just of one of our best authors – but a best and generous friend too. Shane was that rare creature – a really nice and genuine person who was also an expert in his field.

He wrote two books for Kilmainham Tales and had promised us more. He wrote major books for other publishers. But he was also generous to us with his knowledge on other projects and so helpful always.

It was our great pleasure to work with him in Kilmainham Gaol when he was there and every day in his company was a valuable learning experience to be treasured. Road trips with him were memorable, and to get to listen to him give talks on diverse subjects including Tom Clarke was a privilege we shall sorely miss.

Shane was a giant in the field of history - making his mark with major books on the Fenians etc. But he had so much more to contribute ...
As one tribute online wrote:
"Laoch ar lár" - "Warrior down" (we've borrowed this for our title, it is so apt). But, in falling, Shane has joined that great panoply of heroes we rightly revere, heroes who loved our country, heroes who lived for it, heroes who gave their all to immortalise it.

Tá laoch ar lár … ach níl sé caillte”. “A hero has fallen … but he is not lost”, for 
Shane has now entered the pages of that history which he loved so well. But not as some mere footnote - no, he will have a chapter all his own, where he will stamp his authority on our past for our future. He will not be forgotten as long as any of us lives, as long as his books exist.

Even when we have all passed on and his books, eventually, may be forgotten, he will still have contributed to the richness and depth of our understanding of who and what we are as a nation and, even if forgotten in name, by clarifying our past, he will have shaped our future.

Shane may not have lived long, but he will live longer and have greater influence than all the rest of us together.

To his mother Olive, his brother John and his fiancée Edel, we can only offer our deepest and sincerest sympathies. We do not envy you your grief, though we share it. We offer our support, and assure you that we will be with you whenever you need us. Your loss is our loss and we suffer with you in your pain. The world .. your world ... our world ... is a poorer place today.

To Shane we say “Slán, a cara, agus míle buíochais. Thank you for all you did and gave. You remain part of us. Rest in peace, brave soldier, your work here is done”.

Ar dheis Dé go rabh Séaghan i measc na naomh go deo
Shane wrote 6 books during his brief lifetime:

For a brief biography visit this page

There are some online videos of Shane. Two of the best are here and here.
The GPO Cumann na mBan nursing contingent in the battlefield, Easter Week, 1916 ... the forgotten heroism of 12 brave Cumann na mBan Women is told in a major new two-part article by Maeve O'Leary, granddaughter of Lucy Smith (Byrne).
 
The women were:

Aoife de Burca
Elizabeth (Lillie) Burke (McGinty) 
Louise Gavan DuffyLucy Smith
Lucy Smyth (Byrne)
Molly Reynolds
Martha (Birdie) Walsh (Slater)
Margaret McElroy
Mary Josephine (Mary Jo) Walsh (Rafferty)
Margaret Walsh (Jenkins)
Matilda (Tilly) Simpson
Peggy Downey
Stasia Byrne (Toomey)
and you can read the first part of their fascinating story here or  here

An Important New Book

The Battle of Moore Street – 28-29 April, 1916 – marked the end of the Easter Rising, but not the end of the struggle for Irish freedom.

Drawing on the recollections and words of those who were there, historian Ray Bateson retells the thrilling story of those two desperate days as the members of the GPO Garrison sought valiantly to fight their way out of the encircling rings of fire and British firepower that threatened to destroy them and those they fought to free..

Now, 100 years later, this is the most significant battlefield site remaining from those days that changed not just Ireland, but the World.

This book is essential reading for all who wish to understand the national significance of Moore Street and the surrounding area, and the bravery of those who fought and died there.

Significantly No. 16 in the Kilmainham Tales series, this is an essential part of any library on the Easter Rising and is available here

Moore Street Consultative Committee
On Friday November 4th, 2016, Micheál Ó Doibhilín, MD of Kilmainham Tales Teo. addressed the Moore Street Consultative Committee in Dublin's City Hall, following a request by the Committee for submissions. 
   This Committee was established by Minister for (among other things) Heritage to address the issue of what to do with Moore Street battlefield Site and to report back to her.
   Mícheál was accompanied by historian and author Ray Bateson, and a copy of Ray's latest work for Kilmainham Tales - "The Battle of Moore Street" - was presented to the members of the Committee.
   To read the full text of Mícheál's address click here.
We attended the European Premiere of "Death or Liberty" in the Australian Embassy, Dublin, on Friday November 18th. with a capacity audience.
   This feature-length film (80 mins) tells the story of British and Irish political transportees to Australia - their life and after-life.
Between 1793 and 1867 the British Government banished its radicals, dissenters and rebels to harsh prison colonies at the very edge of the known world - Australia.
   Some were to escape and return home as heroes but many stayed in this alien new land ... and made a difference.
   Their stories are full of astonishing acts of bravery and derring-do. Here, in their own words, they tell tales that are at once stirring, heart-wrenching, dark, sometimes funny.

Film Premiere in Dublin and London 
Based on Tony Moore's book of the same name, this film brings to life the forgotten history of these convict rebels, transported in chains but unbowed and unsilenced.
   Death or Liberty features celebrated troubadours Billy Bragg (England), Mick Thomas (Australia) and Lisa O'Neill (Ireland) as well as historians including Thomas Keneally, Dr. Tony Moore and our own Mícheál Ó Doibhilín.
   With an international cast of actors, this film tells a tale long forgotten by all but the few.
   The Irish showing was booked out, with a long waiting list, but for those who can get to London there will be another chance to see this amazing film before it goes on general release at Nash Theatre, King's College, London, (see poster) onTuesday 22nd at  6.15 pm. Admission is FREE but must be booked.
Anne Devlin Annual Commemoration 2016
The Annual Anne Devlin Commemoration was held this year on Sunday September 25th, one week after the 165th Anniversary of her death in 1851.

    The Commemoration followed the usual format, with mass at 12 noon in St. Catherine's Church, Meath Street, Dublin 1, followed by a graveside oration and wreath laying at Anne's grave in Glasnevin Cemetery at 3 pm.
 
    This year, for the first time, we were granted permission by the Cemetery management to make this a formal occasion, and they actively supported us in this, including the supply of sound equipment for the oration. 

     As this is the 165th anniversary of Anne's death in 1851 (she died on September 18th) we made a special request to as many as possible to attend either or both parts of the ceremony, and were particularly pleased to see a crowded church for the midday mass, and the great round of applause for this brave woman that followed Mícheál Ó Doibhilín's address.

    We were delighted to have, as our first guest speaker at the graveside, Nuala Perry of Belfast's Anne Devlin Society, a society specifically established and named in honour of Anne. Nuala, as part of her address, read a passage from the introduction to "In the Footsteps of Anne" - a book by Republican women ex-prisoners, which noted the influence of Anne's memory on these women, and their admiration for her suffering for a free Ireland. 

    A new group has been established - Cuimhní Anne Devlin - to "remember Anne through Research, Publication, Education and Commemoration" and it is this group that organised the special service for Anne Devlin this year and will do so into the future.
 Cuimhní is Irish for Remember, Consider, Think and Remind and is used to define the purpose of the group - to co-ordinate ongoing research, public talks, publications, research etc. to further consolidate the memory of Anne Devlin as one of Ireland's most important heroes.
  
    Further details can be obtained on the Cuimhní Anne Devlin Facebook page here and other events will be posted on this page also.
On Thursday September 8th Mícheál Ó Doibhilín gave a talk on Anne Devlin - "The Pawn and the Castle" - in the Presbyterian Church, Lucan at 8.00 pm. The large audience enjoyed the presentation thoroughly, and there was a lively Q&A afterwards.
Mícheál is willing to give this talk to any interested group anywhere. Simply contact us for further information here

New Plaque on Emmet House
On Saturday October 8th, 2016, SIPTU, with support from Dublin City Council, erected a plaque on Emmet Hall, Emmet Road, Inchicore, before a large crowd in memory of those from the area who were members if the Irish Citizen Army 1916-23. The plaque is one of a series SIPTU is erecting around Dublin ....

Read the rest of this story here

Plaic Nua ar Theach Emmet
Ar Satharn 8ú lá de Deireadh Fomhair, 2016, noctaíodh plaic in onóir iad siúd ón dúiche magúird a bhí mar baill den Arm Cathartha I rith an tréimhse 1916-23. SIPTU, le cuidiú on gComhairle Cathrach, a rinne. Is cuid de sraith plaiceanna a bhfuil SIPTU ag cur suas ar fud na cathrach and ceann seo ...

Tuile eolais anseo.

HISTORIAN MAKES HISTORY
On Tuesday, 27 September, noted Irish historian and author Liz Gillis, married her fiancée James Crowe in the magnificent surroundings of Dublin's City Hall.
This was the final event in a 23-year courtship, proving that Liz, who is renowned for the depth of her research and attention to detail in her books, applies the same attention to choosing her life partner!

  The bride was radiant  This was the final event in a 23-year courtship, proving that Liz, who is renowned for the depth of her research and attention to detail in her books, applies the same attention to choosing her life partner!

Our reporter was fortunately on hand to witness this event., and we carry his exclusive exclusive photos here


Josie McGowan
Mícheál Ó Doibhilín gave an illustrated talk on the brief life of Josie McGowan - one of the forgotten participants in the Easter Rising - on Monday 26 September to a packed audience in Áras Chrónáin, Watery Lane, Clondalkin.
Josie was only 18 when she took part in the Easter Rising, fighting in the Marrowbone lane garrison. But two years later she was dead in tragic circumstances. Yet she was posthumously awarded not just the Easter Rising medal but also the Black and Tan/War of Independence one too. 
Overlooked until Mícheál researched her story, he believes she should be among our most honoured for her dedication and her bravery.
Thug Mícheál Ó Doibhilín léacht léaraithe ar saol gairid Josie McGowan - a ghlach páirt in Éirí Amach na Cásca - in Áras Chrónáin, Watery Lane, Cluain Dolcáin, ar an Luain, 26ú Meán Fómhair, ar a hocht a chlog iarnóin.
Ní raibh ach 18 bliain caite ag Josie nuair ghlach sí pair san Éirí Amach mar chuid de Gharastún Lána Marrowbone. Ach, laistigh de dhá bhliain eile, bhí sí marbh go tragóideach. Ach, má bhí, bronnadh - in éinneacht leis an Bonn 1916 - Bonn Cogadh na nDúbhchrónach uirthí freisin!
Deineadh deamad ar Josie go dtí gur thosaigh Mícheál ag taighdeah a saoil gairid, agus creideann sé gur cóir go mbéadh sí onóirithe inniúde dheasca a tiomnú agus a chrógacht.
Our latest book – number 15 in the Kilmainham Tales series – is just published.
"Teaching Rebels" now on sale
“Teaching Rebels” by veteran Kilmainham Tales author Joe Connell tells of the role of education in the Easter Rising preparations – both for the educators and the educated.

Joe Connell – who has also authored the extremely popular “Unequal Rebels” and “Rebels’ Priests” – has drawn on years of research and his extensive knowledge of the period to produce this book which is an ideal introduction to this much overlooked aspect of the Easter Rising.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the recognition that children were the future of the Irish Nationalist movement fuelled initiatives to prepare young people for their forthcoming roles within that movement by educating them along Nationalist lines.

Aspects of the Irish cultural revival played an important part in this education … one of the first initiatives was to

offer free classes in Irish language, history, music, dancing, and needlework for children over the age of nine.

These classes were designed to address the perceived shortcomings of the national school curriculum, which Nationalists did not deem Irish enough in content.

Through organisations such as Na Fianna Éireann a generation of Irish youth was taught its heritage, and its right to own that heritage.

Author Joe Connell charts the initiatives which sought to capture the minds and hearts of the Irish people, and those behind these initiatives as they prepared to throw off the shackles of 800 years bondage.

For further details on the book and to buy, click here.
For information on author Joe Connell, see his page here

REBEL RADIO GOES LIVE 

"Rebel Radio" by Eddie Bohan was formally launched in McGowan's of Harold's Cross, Dublin on Wednesday 18th at 7.00 pm  as part of a wonderful evening's entertainment  organised by the 1916 Kimmage Garrison.

The book relates one of the real successes of the Rising, when a small band of men, under sniper fire, managed to break through the British censorship of the airwaves and broadcast to the world that the Rising had begun.

The well known sean-nós dancer Sibéal Davitt recounted how she was inspired by the rhythm of the Morse Code message to create a dance which was performed recently in the General Post Office in Dublin as part of the Embodiment dance programme. She performed part of her creative work on the night.

This was be a wonderful occasion, and a great chance for those present  to meet the author and buy his book.
If you couldn't be there, or just want to read more about this marvellous book, then visit the "Rebel Radio" page here.
Capuchin Annual now online

For the very first time the complete run of The Capuchin Annual  is freely available online and all of the editions of this iconic publication from 1930-1977 are available to view here. 

This is a major resource now available to researchers, historians and the general public, and in its the day Annual was one of the most widely-read Irish literary publications of the twentieth century.

Its list of contributors included many prominent Irish writers including Benedict Kiely, Daniel Corkery and Pearse Hutchinson. 

It also brought to public attention the work of artists such as Jack B. Yeats, Seán O’Sullivan, Harry Clarke, John Lavery, and Richard King.

Two issues in particular, those for 1942 and 1966, are of lasting value for students of the 1916 Rising and the revolutionary period.

As part of their ongoing commitment to commemorating the Decade of Centenaries and promoting an understanding of the Irish Revolution, the Capuchin Franciscan Order has made the complete run of the Annual  

freely accessible for scholarly research. It is worth noting, however, that the magazine cannot be viewed as a complete series - you must look at each individual issue in turn.

This is not a difficulty - merely an observation. Perhaps, in time, a full listing of articles may be provided with issue numbers as a search aid.

Each Annual edition has been digitised with PAGE-FLIP functionality - simply turn the pages by using the arrows or by clicking and dragging the page corners, and can be KEY-WORD SEARCHED by using the magnifying glass icon on the left-hand toolbar.

You can click anywhere on the page to ZOOM-IN on the text. You can also enter FULL-SCREEN MODE by using the icon on the left-hand toolbar.

Please note that this publication is FREE TO VIEW - this does not, in any way, imply that the Annual is now in the public domain. No portion of the Annuals may be reproduced or used in any manner without 

the express written permission of the Capuchin Franciscans.

However, we have always found both the Capuchin Order, and their Archives under Dr. Brian Kirby, more than generous to researchers with their resources. 

The Capuchin Franciscan Order acknowledges the assistance of both Eneclann and Acton Web in digitizing and making the The Capuchin Annual available online.

The iconic Capuchin Annual 1966 has been reprinted and is available from the Capuchins in Church Street.

At only €10 per copy, this is a steal, and there is no excuse any longer not to have a copy.

€5 of every purchase goes directly to the Capuchins' Day Centre, which does such great humanitarian work for all who need it under Bro. Kevin Crowley, ofm. cap. (See here for details)

 Photo: Claudine Nic Giolla Chomhaill

A Song for Easter 1916  

We are delighted to have been given the rights to “Dear Love” – a song written to celebrate and remember the men and women who fought in the Easter Rising 1916 that we may be free.

We have a demonstration recording of the song here for all to listen to.

We are offering this song to anyone who wishes to use it – to sing it live and/or to record it, bringing it back to life for a new generation so that, once again, we can be proud as we serenade our ‘Róisín Dubh’ and celebrate the sacrifice and ambitions of those who wrested from the world’s super-power the freedoms she – and we – have today.

We ask only one thing in return – if you are going to use this song, let us know when, where, how. We would love to hear it sung with pride and spirit as we celebrate this centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916. 

Read more about this, and the composer, here.

2016 - a fateful year,
a fateful century,
a fateful future ......
 

This is the year we have been waiting for for one hundred years - the year in which we can look back with pride to the events, men, women and children of 1916 and truly celebrate their achievement with justified pride and respect.

There will be many events - both local and national - which one can attend. Some of these will be

official, i.e. organised by the Government or local authorities, while others will be arranged by local interest groups - relatives, historical societies, political parties etc.

There are far too many events for us to mention all here, so we will send out details of some of these on our Facebook pages as we get them.

Other websites will be carrying details also, and of course the newspapers and Government websites will keep you updated too.  

We cannot - and will not - forget ALL who died or were injured or affected by the events of 1916 in Ireland but as a nation our first thoughts must go to those who fought for us, so that we could

have the right to self-determination and, despite the revisionists, we in Kilmainham Tales will remain proud of them and will be celebrating as well as commemorating their bravery. 

Over the next few days in particular we will remember those who were executed in Kilmainham Gaol from May 3-12.

A new Roll of Honour 

For a long time now the 1916 Roll of Honour assembled by the National Museum of Ireland some years after the Easter Rising has  been considered the definitive record.

However, in recent years much scholarship has been applied to researching exactly who was "out" in 1916, and in what capacity. The publication in 2016 of "Who's Who in the Dublin Rising 1916" by Joe Connell and "The GPO Garrison, Easter Week 1916" by Jimmy Wren have added considerably to our knowledge.

There is a new list in the National Museum's 1916 

exhibition in Collins' Barracks and the latest pretender to the title of "Definitive Roll of Honour" is that produced by Glasnevin Cemetery. 

None of these listings is complete, and some have errors within them. Ray Bateson, who has researched those who died in the Easter Rising for many years (his works include "The Rising Dead - RIC and DMP", "They Died by Pearse's Side" and "Memorials of the Easter Rising" - all available from irishgraves@eircom.net) has attempted to set the record right on who died, and what their role was in the Easter Rising for us. 

Read his article here

2016 Publications, Talks etc.
As part of our contribution to the celebrations and commemorations of the Easter Rising 1916, we have a busy publishing schedule for 2016. 

Three new books in our Kilmainham Tales series have been launched, beginning with the unique and original "Dead Men's Dreams" - an anthology of the poems of Francis Ledwidge related to the Easter Rising, edited with notes by Liam O'Meara.

This book was launched in  the Patriot Inn, Kilmainham, on March 21 at 8.00 pm by military historian and author Paul O'Brien.

We are also proud to have published the first ever full account of the setting up of the world's first international radio station "Rebel Radio" by Eddie Bohan. This is a thrilling account of the successful establishing of a radio station in Reis' Radio School, O'Connell Street, Dublin and the transmission to the world of news of the Rising. (We will have a second book by Eddie on another unique aspect of the Rising - watch for details).

Our third new book is by an established Kilmainham Tales author, Joe Connell. Titled "Teaching Rebels", it tells the stories of some of the teachers and their pupils who took part in the Easter Rising. 

Forthcoming Titles:

The battle of Moore Street by renowned historian Ray Bateson.

This is a thrilling account of the events that occurred in Moore Street in 1916 as the GPO garrison attempted to make their way from the destroyed GPO to a new headquarters building. Told in the words of those who survived, it sets out the significance of this whole street in the history of the Easter Rising and, therefore, its significance as a national monument.

The War Memorial Gardens Inchicore by Paul O'Brien

Paul O'Brien gives the history of this significant memorial, designed by the famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens to remember Ireland's huge losses during WWI. The  history of site includes some of the earliest Viking burials in Ireland, and this will be an important addition to Paul's other Kilmainham Tales.

James Connolly's Scotland by Brian O'Rourke

James Connolly was born and grew up in Scotland but not much has been written on his time there. In this book new author and expert on Connolly's time in Scotland Brian O'Rourke takes us to all the places - homes, work, burials, education etc. associated with the  great labour leader and his family.

Watch this space for further details of other new publications.

In addition Mícheál Ó Doibhilín is giving a series of talks on Josie McGowan, one of only three Cumann na mBan women killed during the revolutionary period.  The talk is entitled "Josie - a brief flame". 

The first talk was in South County Library, The Square, Tallaght, for the Tallaght Historical Society on March 8th at 7.00 pm, and the next was in Rathcoole Community Centre on Saturday, March 12th at 2.00 pm. 

On Thursday 14 April he gave a talk on the days in Kilmainham Gaol in 1916 from the surrender to the executions in St. Joseph's School, Lucan. This was part of an excellent programme put on by the school to commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916, with a special emphasis on the female participants. There were several talks on the night on subjects as varied as Mollie O'Reilly, The Maynooth 15, and Kilmainham Gaol, interspersed with Irish dancing, some music and some songs. Historian and author Liz Gillis unveiled an incredible plaque in honour of the women who were arrested in the aftermath of the rebellion. All in all, this was one of the better events we have attended and all agreed the night was a resounding success with about 250 in attendance. Photos from the unveiling of the plaque are below.

On Thursday 20 April Mícheál spoke on Women in Ireland's Revolution in the Parish Centre, Lucan.

On the 8th of September, in the Presbyterian Church in Lucan, Mícheál Ó Doibhilín will talk on "The Pawn and the Castle" - Anne Devlin's struggle against the might of the British in Ireland. He will highlight the unknown connection between Anne and Lucan.

Latest Article Online

We are delighted to announce a new article from Joe Connell on our site.

This article is about the hunger strike by Republican prisoners during the Irish CIvil War.

This is an often forgotten hunger strike, yet - though unsuccessful - it was an important part of the military action by Republicans against the Irish Free State.

You can read Joe's article here

 Site Visitors

In Memoriam
I ndíl chuimhne

Too many friends and family have died since this site was launched. We cannot and will not allow them to be forgotten, so tributes to them all are on a special page here.

Shane Mac Thomais (20/03/2014)

Stanley (Stan) L. Devlin
(16/11/2013)

John Heuston Devlin
(18/10/2013)

Kathleen (Catherine) Price
(16/10/2013)

Máire Eilis Beggs
(11/09/2013)

Ag lorg altanna/
Finding Articles 

On the pages within this site are articles relating to the history of Kilmainham Gaol and its environs. However, due to the increasing number of articles we are carrying, not all are shown in the drop-down menus above.

To access an article first click on a section head above to go to the main page for that section. There you can select your interest from the drop-down menu or links to the articles which will be found on the page you land on.

Siege of the Four Courts 

talk now online

Liz Gillis (author of "The Fall of Dublin" and "Revolution in Dublin" - Mercier Press), and a contributor to this site, on Saturday March 29, gave a lecture on The Siege of the Four Courts 1922 to the Stoneybatter & Smithfield People's History Project

This was a bravura performance as Liz clearly demonstrated her deep knowledge and understanding of the events that started the Irish Civil War, not just during her talk but in her answers to the searching questions from the floor. 

To see and hear this talk in full, go here or to watch it on YouTube go here

For more on this talk see the Project's Facebook page here 

Female Transportation
to Australia - remembering Bridget Murray

25,600 females were transported to Australia from the so-called British Isles (Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales) from 1788 to 1853 for crimes as petty as 'stealing 12 potatoes". Almost half of these were Irish.  (More)

Some, of course, had committed graver crimes, and one such transported was Bridget Murray of East Clare, a poor, illiterate servant-girl who, beguiled by her lord and master, bore him a daughter in 1841. (More)

Biggest ever jailbreak from Kilmainham Gaol
Kilmainham Gaol was the scene of a mass Jailbreak on Friday February 21 when 150 students from universities all over Ireland took part in Jailbreak 14. Details of this charity event are here.

As part of the event, Conor Masterson, Head Guide of Kilmainham Gaol, was interviewed by TrinityFM radio and he had some interesting comments to make on escapes from the Gaol when it was a working prison. Listen to the interview here:

gaol interview.mp3

Introduction:

Kilmainham Tales Teo. is a publishing venture dedicated to issuing ‘pocket money’ books on all aspects of the history of Kilmainham Gaol and associated places, people and events. (More)

The Tales:
While 'popular' and 'non-academic', each Kilmainham Tale is a work of high scholarly standards. ..... In addition, each book is copiously illustrated with contemporary pictures and/or specially commissioned illustrations (More)

The Website:
This website is intended to be an online window for our books, but it is hoped it will grow to be more than that. We will carry news items relating to Kilmainham Gaol, the surrounding area and other areas that are of interest to the Gaol and its history. Here, too, you will find information on all our authors and their activities, for instance, as well as reviews of books by other writers and publishers.

Co-operation with other publishers:
Kilmainham Tales Teo. is not in competition with any other publisher. We wish to work in harmony with all and will gladly review fairly any relevant book we are given for review. The Irish history scene - especially the early 20th Century - is particularly blessed with many excellent publishers and historians, and we read and consult most of their books in the course of our own work. If any publisher wishes us to review a book, just send us a copy here

Readers' Forum:
If our readers have any comments, then we would be delighted to carry a selection of those too. Just e-mail us here.

Writers' Opinions:
Of course, a site such as this will contain many opinions. While these are welcome, they must always be understood to be the opinion of the writer, and not necessarily of the site or of Kilmainham Tales Teo. We welcome discussion, and will not stifle it, but if you write it, you are responsible for it!

An Gaeilge:
Dóibh siúd le Gaeilge, is oth linn a rá go bhfuil ár gcuid foilseacháin ar fad as Béarla go nuige seo.

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