President Higgins opens visitor centre at Kilmainham Gaol

Higgins said the centenary celebrations had a 'wonderfu'l effect on the country

President Higgins opens visitor centre at Kilmainham Gaol

30/03/2016. New Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre. Pictured (LtoR) Minister Simon Harris TD President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina officially opening the new Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre in Dublin this evening. (Rolling News/Sam Boal)

President Michael D Higgins has officially opened the Kilmainham courthouse, which will serve as a new visitor’s centre for the Gaol.

While the 1916 Rebel leaders were not tried at the Courthouse, the adjoining Gaol was the site of their executions.

Among the exhibits at the Gaol is a register of convicts including Constance Markiewicz.

President Higgins says the centenary celebrations these past weeks have been transformative: