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Monday 20 October 2014

Old gaol could be museum

Published 11/03/2014 | 05:42

Wexford's old gaol in Hill Street could be turned into a museum.

Sinn Fein councillor Anthony Kelly has asked the local authority to carry out a feasibility report with a view to applying for national funding.

'It's the perfect location for a town museum,' he told a Borough Council meeting.

The jail was built in 1812 and later taken over by the Free State for a military barracks in 1922.

The following year, on March 13, republicans Jim Parle, John Creane and Pat Hogan were executed in what is now Wexford's republican garden.

Cllr. Kelly said it would be fitting to turn the building into a museum as the centenary of the 1916 Rising approaches.

'As well as being a wonderful education asset, the museum would be a tourism attraction and would create local employment,' he said.

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