The Crumlin Gaol: Taking a Break from Freedom

Karla Ramos takes you through the Crum, Ireland’s last remaining Victorian-era prison.

It is really creepy. There are exhibits in The Crum’s basement, which contained items used for corporal punishment. They stood side by side with artworks created by prisoners, and a life-like wax statue of a guard. It made for a creepy place, especially against the low light. The other rooms of the prison didn’t help the atmosphere much. There’s the stifling Reception where the convicts were first taken to strip and deposit all their belongings. There’s also The Tunnel that led from the Courthouse, where prisoners passed — a shortcut between justice and the loss of liberty.