Kilmainham Gaol Museum exhibition on executions of the Civil War

by Alex Greaney
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The Office of Public Works (OPW) at Kilmainham Gaol Museum presents a special exhibition to mark the centenary of the first four executions of the Civil War, carried out by the Irish State, which took place in one of the yards of the Gaol at 7am on November 17th 1922.

Peter Cassidy, James Fisher, John Gaffney, and Richard Twohig were each charged with the unauthorised possession of a revolver and were tried at a military court in Wellington Barracks on November 8th 1922. 

The exhibition features the original last letters written by Peter Cassidy and James Fisher. These letters are particularly poignant as none of the young men were allowed to see their loved ones before their executions. In them they express their pride in the fact that they are to die for Ireland, but their distress at not being allowed to say goodbye to their families is palpable. 

A further exhibition, looking at the executions which took place in Kilmainham in January 1923, will open in the new year.

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