Cathal O'Shannon speaks to Mr Pearse McLoughlin of the Kilmainham Gaol Restoration Committee about the work on the jail funded by donations, visitors fees and voluntary labour.
Work at Kilmainham has been going on for five years financed by donations. One recent donor gave £1,000 and described the reconstruction of the jail as
A unique example of practical patriotism
Pearse McLoughlin explains that some of the labourers are ex-IRA men but many have no connection to any politcal movement or group but see their work as a way of paying tribute to their glorious dead. The committee is adamant that the work on the jail should be done on a voluntary basis to honour the dead.
Inside the prison Cathal O'Shannon is shown the cell of Mrs Grace Plunkett who was held there in 1923, and had decorated the cell with an illustration of the Madonna on the wall. The restoration work includes a reproduction of this illustration.
While much of the work has been done, Mr McLoughlin anticipates that it will take another five years before the jail will look as it did 100 years ago.
A Newsbeat report by Cathal O'Shannon broadcast on 15 December 1965.