We are delighted to make available to the public some key documents relating to Kilmainham Gaol.
Click on the image of the document to access a full PDF which you can either read online or download to your own computer. Please acknowledge Kilmainham Gaol Museum in any use of these documents.
Kilmainham Gaol Museum facilitates those carrying out historic research by allowing access to its reserve collection. Access to the reserve collection is by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact us via the query form.
Scroll down for information on genealogical research at the Gaol.
Photocopied list of names, Kilmainham Jail, July 1848
Photocopied material relating to several men committed to Kilmainham Jail after the Young Ireland Rebellion in July 1848. According to the Superintendent of Police the men were suspected of ‘Treasonable Practices’.
Constitution of the Irish Volunteers Adopted at the First Volunteers Convention, 25 October 1914
The Constitution of the Irish Volunteers adopted at the First Irish Volunteer Convention, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Saturday, 25 October 1914. Sets out the objects of the organisation, enrolment, scope and system of organisation and the government of the Volunteers.
Programme of commemoration held by Republican Women Prisoners of War in Kilmainham on April 24 1923
Handmade programme for the commemorative events held by the female prisoners in Kilmainham Jail, April 24th, 1923. Events on the day included a requiem mass for the men executed, speeches by relatives of the dead leaders and then a concert and play in the evening. The women organised this event to mark the seventh anniversary of the 1916 Proclamation.
Kilmainham Prison (Closing) Order 1929
The official Saorstát Éireann (Free State) closing order for Kilmainham Prison, Kilmainham Gaol was finally closed for good in 1929.
Kilmainham Prison Survey Plans 1936 – 1946
This PDF includes a 1936 block plan, and plans from 1946 for the basement, ground floor, first floor, and second floor.
Souvenir of Visit to Kilmainham Prison, June 1938
A souvenir pamphlet of a visit to Kilmainham Gaol organised by the 1916 Associated Easter Week Men. The Gaol had been officially closed since 1929.
The prison registers for Kilmainham Gaol are held in the National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8. Registers are available for the period 1797-1824 and 1830-1910 and can be accessed on microfilm or the online genealogical website, Find My Past.
The National Archives of Ireland also hold records of prisoners transported to Australia in 19th century. This information can be accessed via a database their website.
Political prisoners, 1916-23
Kilmainham Gaol ceased to operate as a civilian prison in 1910. It was reopened at various times during the years 1916-1924 to accommodate the large numbers of political prisoners arrested during the Easter Rising 1916, the War of Independence 1919-21 and the Civil War 1922-23.
Unfortunately, prisoner registers for Kilmainham Gaol for this period have not survived. Kilmainham Gaol Museum has compiled lists of political prisoners for this period from various sources, but none of these lists are comprehensive.
If you are seeking information regarding a former political prisoner of Kilmainham Gaol, please contact us. Please include as much information as possible, including details of where the individual was from and their activities during the 1916-23 period.