Wicklow Gaol’s Official Opening
The new, multi-sensory interpretation of the history of Wicklow’s Historic Gaol was launched recently.
A generous grant from Fáilte Ireland and support from Wicklow Enterprise Park has transformed the visitor experience at Wicklow Gaol. This historic jail has become one of the country’s most high tech virtual reality historic attractions.
Opening the new exhibition on May 20, 2014, was John Lonergan. WicklowNews.net talked to the former governor of Mountjoy Prison in Dublin:
“Wicklow Gaol is an eye-opener showing the extremes of inhumanity. It is so important to be aware of this history at a time when people are calling for tougher regimes and more punishment.”
Wexford-based multimedia company, MMID, created the new holographic projections of cruel prison guards and state of the art audio-visual systems. These join the lifelike mannequins of major historic figures to help recreate the 1798 rebellion, the Famine era, the War of Independence and Civil War.
The replica two-deck transportation ship now features holographic interaction with the ship’s Captain as visitors climb aboard the torturous 200-day journey to Van Diemen’s Land. The new experience also includes:
- Audio handsets in 4 languages;
- Interactive points for easier interpretation;
- A new Wicklow genealogy room where Irish and overseas visitors can research their ancestry.