Saviours of historic gaol honoured 50 years later
THOUSANDS of veterans of the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence fought to save the historic building of Kilmainham Gaol, writes Fiona Ellis.
Yesterday all their hard work was remembered at the 50th anniversary of its restoration.
The gaol, where 14 of the leaders of the 1916 Rising were executed, had ceased operating as a prison in 1923 and afterwards fell into disrepair.
The trustees of Kilmainham Museum were given the task of restoring the jail. "They didn't think we'd achieve it," chairman Damian Cassidy said.
Mr Cassidy was one of the first people to start work on the derelict building, helping to repair it from the point of collapse.
"But we did, it was done without any state aids and was done with only voluntary contributions," he added.
A wreath was laid at the site of the execution of the 1916 leaders.