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Kilmainham Courthouse

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Kilmainham Courthouse

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Saturday 13 October

Designed by Architect William Farrell, Kilmainham Courthouse opened in 1820 and served as a courthouse until 2008. It was a Session House for the Dublin grand jury, but it also fulfilled many of the functions of a county hall. Later in the 20th Century the courthouse was used as a District Court, Family Law Court and the Headquarters of Dublin County Library. After its closure in 2008, the building was renovated by the Office of Public Works. As part of this project the main courtroom was restored and the former coach house converted as outhouse buildings. In 2016, the Courthouse re-opened as the Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre.

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed. Please note only two tours will run of this building at both 10am & 11:30am on Saturday 13 October Wheelchair accessible.

Designed by: William Farrell
Building Date: 1820

Booking Lottery

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed. Winners will be notified of their tour details ahead of the Open House Dublin weekend. Most of the Open House Dublin tours are operated on a First Come, First Served basis. So if you missed out on this lottery, make sure to check out the rest of the programme!

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