Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Kilmainham Gaol (jail) opened in 1796 as the new County Gaol for Dublin, only closing its doors in 1924. Today the building symbolises the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism from the rebellion of 1798 to the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained and in some cases executed here. Many members of the Irish Republican movement during the Anglo-Irish War (1919-21) were also detained in within its walls. Names such as Robert Emmet, Anne Devlin, Charles Stewart Parnell and the leaders of 1916 will always be associated with the building. Now managed by the Office of Public Works, this is a space that resonates with the tenor of Irish history, an echo chamber of post-colonial Irish culture. We are proud and honoured to fill it with the hope and joy, with the escape of beautiful music, for TradFest 2020.