View Full Version : Cork City Gaol

25-06-2012, 01:47 PM
First report, hope its enough! Visited here last year during a weekend in Ireland.

Brief History of Cork City Gaol: (Opened 1824, Closed 1923)
The Cork City Gaol in Sunday's Well, was designed to replace the old Gaol at the Northgate Bridge in the heart of the city. The old gaol was nearly 100 yrs. old, on a confined site, overcrowded & unhygienic. In 1806 an Act of Parliament was passed and monies levied locally to allow the building of a new City Gaol. The first site chosen was at Distillery Fields - an area prone to frequent flooding! This fact, and enlightened thinking that hilly, airy sites were best for containing gaol fever probably influenced the change to the present site.
The new Cork City Gaol opened in 1824 & was reported as being "the finest in 3 Kingdoms". In 1870 the west wing was remodelled into a double-sided cell wing & in 1878 under the General Prisons (Ireland) Act, the Gaol became an all-female prison which it remained until male anti-treaty supporters were incarcerated in 1922/1923. The Gaol closed in August 1923, with all remaining prisoners either released or transferred to other gaols.

Panorama of the back of the building. Most is overgrown and crumbling.



25-06-2012, 01:54 PM
Hello & Welcome buddy, did you get any from inside? :)

25-06-2012, 01:55 PM
Hello & Welcome buddy, did you get any from inside? :)

Inside was all standard museum stuff, didn't take any from what I can find. Sorry :)

25-06-2012, 02:00 PM
Certainly a couple of nice shots of this place!

I'm not sure it would warrant a full report on the site, but it's certainly a good starting point. I usually aim for 6-10 photos on my reports.

25-06-2012, 03:07 PM
Looks a cool place. Cheers for sharing.