Imprisoning Architecture

Cork City Gaol

Cork City Gaol is a fine example of late Georgian Gothic architecture, dating from one of the most distinguished periods in Ireland’s architectural history.

The Gaol buildings have as their focus the Governor’s residence, flanked by two beautiful circular chapels, with wings of detention cells radiating on either side. Completed in 1842 before the outbreak of the Great Famine, the Gaol was to house more than its share of those desperate for food and shelter as well as prominent political dissidents and criminals.

Gaol records enabled the team to identify a series of historic characters that had been imprisoned there. The subjects were selected to communicate the life of the Gaol as well as the history of Cork City and its place in Irish History.

Project type

Heritage / Visitor Attraction

Scope of works

  • Interpretative Planning
  • Exhibition Design and Creative Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Design and Construct


Exhibitions interspersed throughout the Gaol





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‘Event's innovative use of technology was the key that unlocked the Gaol's past.’

Elizabeth Kearns
Manager, Cork City Gaol