An exhibition remembers children who were held as prisoners at Kilmainham Gaol Dublin.

Children as young as six years old were imprisoned in Kilmainham Gaol for weeks and months at a time. These children were held for petty theft and minor misdemeanors from stealing a turnip to begging on the street. Some were in prison for just being the child of a convict. Many were imprisoned without trial.

For centuries, Kilmainham Gaol has housed political prisoners, murderers and robbers. Alongside these prisoners, many children were imprisoned largely as a result of deprivation.

The country's destitute, those without hope, and those most cruelly dealt with, the children.

'Hard Lessons' written by Niamh O’Sullivan and Sinéad McCoole, accompanies the exhibition at Kilmainham. Sinéad McCoole explains that many children were put in prison for a period of fourteen days as a deterrent for future crimes.

It was a very, very harsh time.

Kilmainham Gaol was a dank place of incarceration where on the warmest summer’s day, the place would be cold. All that remains of the common inmates is their entry in the prison journals.

I’m in Kilmainham for four weeks and four times whipped for stealing money.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 5 September 2001. The reporter is Colm Connolly.