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Royal Hospital Kilmainham
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Join historian and author Paul O’Brien as he tells the story of this little know graveyard, Bully’s Acre, in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. He will take you on a unique tour of the (almost) last resting place of Robert Emmet and generations of Dubliners – commoners, businessmen, captains and privates…even sons of Kings. This is a story of religion, grave robbing, poverty and sickness and is a must for all interested in the history of Dublin itself, offering new historical perspective on the locality of IMMA and the RHK.   

Meeting point: The tour group will leave the IMMA Courtyard at 6.15pm. Final admittance is at 6.30pm sharp at the West Arch of the Courtyard. 

*Remember to wear the correct clothing and footwear as the tour will take place outdoors and involve some walking over uneven surfaces. 

Paul O’Brien currently lives in Dublin and holds an M.A. in History. He has conducted detailed research for a number of projects that span many centuries of history that include, graveyards, churches, battlefields and prisons.

An author of 18 books that deal with military history and the British Army in Ireland, Paul has also written articles for An Cosantóir, one called ‘At the Gates of Hell [Mali]’ that won the ‘Best Article of 2013’ at the European Military Press Association’s annual conference in Helsinki, Finland. He has appeared on numerous national radio and television in programmes and conducts guided tours of the Royal Hospital. Kilmainham and its adjoining cemeteries.



Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.