Friday, April 21, 2017

A Step Back In Time The City Cork Gaol


Today we stepped back into the 19th-century to visit The City Cork Gaol (the word for prison in Irish). Housed in a magnificent castle-like building the prison allowed us to walk in the ghostly footsteps of its former prisoners. Furnished with life-like wax figures, furniture reminiscent of the era, and audio guides telling the story it was quite the experience. A mix of criminals were jailed there from petty crimes like stealing books or fabric, to women that neglected and abused their children.
The City Cork Gaol
Front Entrance

The City Cork Gaol
Entrance to Prison Itself
The City Cork Gaol
Bars on Windows
The City Cork Gaol
Warden
The City Cork Gaol
Woman Prisoner with Guard
The City Cork Gaol
Male Guard
The City Cork Gaol
Three floors of cells
The City Cork Gaol
Preacher with prisoner
The City Cork Gaol
Gave birth in prison
The City Cork Gaol
Scrawls from the prisoners
The City Cork Gaol
More writing
Surely a few films must have been made in this place since it looked like something straight off a Hollywood film set. And since we arrived before the crowds of tourists we had the whole prison to ourselves giving it even more of an eerie feel.
The City Cork Gaol
Being Watched!
The City Cork Gaol
Child Prisoner being whipped
The City Cork Gaol
Exercise Yard, Prisoners would walk single file. NO TALKING!
The City Cork Gaol
Guards taking a break
The City Cork Gaol
Model of the prison
Other sites around the city of Cork today included Blackrock Castle and Observatory. What was once a castle built for fortification, later a private home, it is now a science center for learning.
The City Cork Gaol
You can see the Observatory on top
The City Cork Gaol
Another side of castle
The City Cork Gaol
We are up closer
The City Cork Gaol
Our Guide with a "Man Bun"
The City Cork Gaol
Church in the distance
A relaxing sort of day just kicking around Cork getting ready to hit the road again tomorrow. We will head out to explore Killarney, The Ring of Kerry and drive along the famous Wild Atlantic Way for stunning coastline vistas. Stay tuned for more of our adventures in Ireland…..along the gringo trail.


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