I live in Kilmainham, Dublin. It’s a very old, historic quarter of Dublin, where a lot of the events of the 1916 Rising took place. Indeed, if there is one ‘holy’ place in Irish history, it is Kilmainham Gaol, where many of the leaders of the 1916 Rising were executed by the British. It is now a museum, well-worth exploring. It preserves not just a record of Irish early-modern history, but is a fine example of a 19th century gaol itself. Kids can enjoy the gloomy dungeon-like cells, while adults can learn a bit of history.
Right across the road from the gaol is the (pedestrian) entrance to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. This is now the Irish museum of modern art, IMMA. Aside from whatever exhibitions might be on at a particular time, the Royal Hospital is worth visiting for the stunning architecture and the fabulous gardens. It has a very long entrance path which also manages to have fine views out over Dublin city and the Phoenix Park.
Just opened is a brand new Hilton. It is quite controversial, being situated bang opposite the gaol and near the entrance to the Royal Hospital too. But it at least is an attempt at regenerating an area that was sadly lacking in many amenities.
What do I like most about Kilmainham? I like the tree-lined South Circular Road. I like the canal and the Liffey, the Phoenix Park, and the War Memorial Gardens. I like the fact that it is just 15 minutes from town, that you can hop on a 123 or take the Luas, or catch a 19 bus and be in St. Stephen’s Green in no time. And the local people are very down-to-earth. Our neighbours couldn’t be friendlier. Our house has character and charm. Kilmainham is a good place to be.