Kilmainham Gaol – Former Historic Irish Prison

By Philippa Burne, UK, July 2011

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Irish history is a history of rebellion. For centuries the people living on this gorgeous island have fought for their independence from British rule. The biggest mistake you can make today is to think that Ireland is part of the United Kingdom; it is not. It is a fiercely proud independent republic, the Republic of Ireland. And its freedom was hard won. There were rebellions in 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867, 1883, 1916, with the Republic of Ireland finally being declared in 1949. The 1916 Easter Rising lasting seven days was one of the biggest and most famous rebellions with rebels taking over City Hall, the Post Office and other major city buildings. Although many of the leaders were executed, this resistance to British rule did succeed in turning the political tide though it took many more years for the British to let Ireland go.

Editor's Note: This recommendation was taken  from our Dublin Things To Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Dublin. Photo courtesy of Most Interesting Places

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