The Crumlin Gaol: Taking a Break from Freedom

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

It held a story of struggle. The Crumlin Gaol was also decorated with stories of struggles. One story particularly reminded me of home, especially during the time when Martial Law dissidents had been jailed for exercising their right of speech and demonstration. In The Crum, Suffragettes — females who fought for the right to vote — had also been jailed. They once launched a hunger strike and rejected even force-feeding! What’s nice is that they had been dealt with humanely, and they were sent home to get better before being returned to prison.