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In my attempts to photograph Kilmainham Gaol, I struggled with walls that kept me from backing out far enough to get a perspective, coupled with dark areas flooded by occasional bursts of light. I think by photographing this subject behind the cell door trying to get a glimpse through the peephole, I was able to capture the feeling of incessant fear that must have been common in this prison.

Over the 140 years it served as a prison, its cells held many of the most famous people involved in the campaign for Irish independence. The British imprisoned and executed the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising here.

Children were sometimes arrested for petty theft, the youngest said to be a seven year-old boy[citation needed], while many of the adult prisoners were deported to Australia.

There was no segregation of prisoners; men, women and children were incarcerated up to 5 in each cell, with only a single candle for light and heat, most of their time was spent in the cold and the dark.

Kilmainham Gaol was abandoned as a jail in 1924.

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