The Old Cork County Jail

Very near to University College Cork, is the old Cork County Jail/Gaol, which was built between 1818 and 1823.    This building was intended for the wrong doers of the County, as opposed to the Cork City Jail about 2 kms away, which was only for the city folk.

During the early 19th century the prison was also used as a holding prison for convicts who had been sentenced to be transported to Australia, and from the mid 19th century it only held male prisoners, while the City Jail held the female prisoners.    Public executions took place outside the gates of the prison for a while in the 1800s.  Public executions stopped, though executions still carried on, and the  last execution took place there in the early 20th century.

The Jail was closed in the 1950s, and University College Cork took over the building and restored it.  It now houses some of the University faculties,  and the very grand entrance on Jail Cross still remains.

Cork County Jail


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Roy McCarthy
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 21:08:55

    Oh nice Joan! Never heard of the County Gaol before, though I’d recommend that any visitor to Cork should visit the City version.



  2. Livonne
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 22:35:11

    very imposing building. Looks like the walls would hold a million stories



  3. Julie chater
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 02:40:42

    Several of my forebears passed through those doors before bring transported to Australia in the early 19 th C for nothing more than being poor. Thanks Joan.



  4. Tobias Small
    Oct 01, 2016 @ 22:09:03

    Do you know where I can find the original steps to that gaol please?



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