Prison Law Blog

Sara Mayeux

“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners”

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Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

Happy Easter! The title of this post is from Hebrews 13:3. Kilmainham Gaol (or Jail) held prisoners from 1796 through 1924 and is now a museum. The notorious jail, built on the model of the Panopticon, saw thousands of prisoners pass through its doors, including many of Ireland’s political heroes and martyrs. Among those held and executed at Kilmainham Gaol were the leaders of the Easter Rising, memorialized by William Butler Yeats in his poem, “Easter 1916“:

Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is heaven’s part, our part
To murmur name upon name,
As a mother names her child
When sleep at last has come
On limbs that had run wild.

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/logicalrealist/ / CC BY-SA 2.0

Written by sara

April 4, 2010 at 8:57 am

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  1. Thanks for this timely reminder that history exists, and persists into the future.

    Thought you might find this Easter/Passover prison reflection interesting: “The Parable of Yarl’s Wood”: http://solitarywatch.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/the-parable-of-yarls-wood/.

    Thanks for your great work and labor.

    Dan

    April 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm


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