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    1. The History
    In 1806 an Act of Parliament was passed to allow the building of a new Cork City Gaol. It was designed to replace the old Gaol at the North Gate Bridge in the heart of the city. It was nearly 100 years old, on a confined site, overcrowded & unhygienic. This wonderful piece of Georgian/Gothic architecture was the work of Sir Thomas Deane, and from the outside, it looked more like a castle than a purpose-built prison

    When it first opened in 1824 it was reported as being “the finest in 3 kingdoms”. Housing both male and female prisoners who committed crimes within the city boundary, anyone committing crime outside of the city boundary was sent to the County Gaol, located on the grounds of what is now UCC.

    Map of the site:

    Derelict Ireland Miscil 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    In the 1870s a number of changes occurred in the Gaol. The West Wing was remodelled into a brighter, more spacious double-sided cell wing. The Gaol also became “a place of confinement for females only”. Half a century later, in 1923, all prisoners were removed, and the doors of the Gaol never again closed on the freedom of any man, woman or child.

    The Gaol was only left idle for a few years. However, in 1927, Radio Eireann began to broadcast Corks’ first radio station, 6CK, from the centre of the main building. The Gaol was used as a broadcasting station up until the end of the 1950s, when the complex was allowed to become totally derelict until its innovative partial restoration and reopening to the public as a visitor attraction in 1993.

    2. The Explore
    Headed up this way not for here but the infamous Good Shepherd Convent. When this turned out to be palisaded up to the nines and live secca on site (shame as it looked ace) decided to go tourist and visit the gaol museum next to it. To my pleasant surprise, most of the gaol is still derelict so managed to sneak round a couple of bits that weren’t open to the public. The museum bit itself is great but get the abandoned wings are really good. Shame I could only get into the hospital and debtor’s prison. They were just shells but were quite photogenic all the same.

    3. The Pictures

    Both these wings are in “managed abandonment” according to one of the ladies that worked at the museum. The bit in the middle, the church has been resorted and is part of the exhibition

    img5210 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This wing was also ‘abandoned’ but no way in, sadly:
    img5221 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5234 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Looking out to the hospital from the museum:

    img5243 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The debtor’s prison. Pretty far gone by all accounts:

    img5211 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5216 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    img5219 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5222 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The Hospital:

    img5233 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And we’re in:

    img5231 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5229 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5228 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5225 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5224 by HughieDW, on Flickr

  2. Thanks given by: Hugh Jorgan, irishmanlost, Mearing, Mikeymutt, Romford Reject, theartist, Tupilaq
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    Wow what a stunning place. And beautifully captured.
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    A nice set of photos. I had a giggle when you say that you couldn't get into a jail. Best to keep out of them. In your description the word "resorted" should be "restored", maybe a slight slip of the keyboard buttons.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    That is damned good work, Loved it, Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeymutt View Post
    Wow what a stunning place. And beautifully captured.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgan View Post
    A nice set of photos. I had a giggle when you say that you couldn't get into a jail. Best to keep out of them. In your description the word "resorted" should be "restored", maybe a slight slip of the keyboard buttons.
    Quote Originally Posted by smiler View Post
    That is damned good work, Loved it, Thanks
    Cheers me dears!

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