Every Dark Hour: A History of Kilmainham Jail

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  • "Extremely well researched and written, this books causes deep feelings of empathy and sympathy for those seeking Irish independence and the sacrifices they made. It evokes feelings of outrage at how cruel one human being can be to another. You also can't help but feel pride and gratitude for those who willingly gave their very lives to bring about freedom for generations they will never know." --Amazon Reviews
  • "A well-written and compelling account not only of Kilmainham Jail and its variuous inhabitants, but also the intertwined history of Britain and Ireland and the relationship between the two." --Marc Maitland, Goodreads

Meet The Author

Niamh O’Sullivan spent her early years in Dublin and the Netherlands. She studies law at UCD and King’s Inns and became a barrister. In 1982, Niamh brought some visiting American relatives to Kilmainham Jail, which was being run and renovated by volunteers, and she fell under the building’s spell. Legal work permitting, Niamh acted as a volunteer guide, and when the jail was taken over by the OPW in 1986 she took a position as an official guide, before moving on to work in the archives of the jail in 1992. After twenty-four years at Kilmainham, she recently left the jail to relocate to County Kilkenny.

Kilmainham Jail is perhaps the most important building in modern Irish history. A place of incarceration since its construction in the late eighteenth century, it housed a succession of petty criminals, including sheep rustlers and, during the Famine, people who committed crimes with the sole aim of being imprisoned there: even the meager rations offered at the jail were better than what was available in other parts of the country.

It was a powerful symbol of British rule on the island of Ireland; its residents over the years included the bold Robert Emmet and, of course, it was also the place where the 1916 rebels were taken and executed. Every Dark Hour is an entertaining telling of the history of the jail and its colourful cast of residents over the years — as well as vivid accounts of the heroic men and women who gave freely of their time and energies to restore the jail to its former grandeur when it was on the verge of being reclaimed by the elements.

Weight 0.339 kg