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22 October 2012

1777 – Old Gaol, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon

The building originally consisted of 36 Cells and the Governor’s Private Dwelling. It is known for having a hangwoman “Lady Betty”, a criminal who had her sentence for murder withdrawn on condition that...

19 September 2012

15th C. – Brown’s Castle, Dublin

Approximately where Cornmarket is now, Brown’s Castle was better known as the Black Dog prison. The castle became a tavern from which the prison got its name. From the early 18th century the...

21 October 2010

1830 – Prison, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Architect: William Deane Butler Now obscured by more modern security measures, Portlaoise (formerly Maryborough) Prison had a magnificent entrance gateway worthy of a Norman castle.