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Nenagh Heritage Centre & North Tipperary Genealogy
Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Family friendly
Free to visit
Rainy days
Paid car parking
Hidden gem
Nenagh Gaol, now part of Nenagh Heritage Centre & North Tipperary Genealogy, is located in Georgian buildings built between 1840 and 1842 as the Governor's house and gatehouse of a large gaol complex. Now a museum, the gaol held thousands of prisoners until its closure 1887.

The Nenagh Gaol gatehouse historically housed those sentenced to death by public hanging. Between 1842 and 1858, 17 Tipperary men were executed here. After its closure, the property was taken over by the Sisters of Mercy for educational purposes and there are still two schools on the premises.

The Governor's House is now home to the museum where visitors can learn about the history of the gaol complex, the Nenagh area and its local history. There are tours to discover the social history of this turbulent time. Visitors can walk in the steps of a condemned prisoner and learn what the living conditions were like in rural Ireland.

Why we like it
  • Discover what life in Nenagh Gaol was like.
  • Hear the stories of some of the prisoners kept there.
  • Learn about the history of Nenagh.
Tips from locals

Take a stroll to Banba Square, to see the Nenagh Courthouse. Built in 1843, it offers a great photo opportunity.

Contact details
The Governor's House, Kickham St, Nenagh North, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, E45 X588, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend 1 hour here.

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