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The Trial is a visual art installation on healthcare and human rights in the Irish criminal justice system, created by Sinead McCann and made in collaboration with men from the Bridge Project Dublin who have lived prison experiences, with research by UCD historians, Catherine Cox and Fiachra Byrne. 

In 2019, The Trial is touring to Spike Island in Cork (26 July – 26 August), Lifford Courthouse in Donegal (29 August – 12 September) and Dublin Castle (26 September – 3 November).

On multiple screens, three characters – Tommy, Charlie, Neili – tell the real life stories of those who have been held or worked in Irish penal institutions during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Trial is produced in collaboration with Theatre of the Oppressed specialist Sarah Meaney, and Mary Caffrey and Dan Monk of Sixbetween video production company.

The Trial national tour is funded by a Touring and Dissemination of Work Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.

The Trial at Spike Island, Cork  
Dates: 26 July – 22 August 2019
Location: The Shell Store, Spike Island Fortress, Spike Island, Cobh, Co. Cork.
Access to the island: Boat from Kennedy Pier, Cobh (ticket only).
Ticket price includes return ferry, a fully guided tour of Spike Island and access to all exhibitions.
Bookings: or phone 021-2373455

The Trial at Lifford Courthouse, Donegal  
Dates: 29 August – 12 September
Location: The Jurors Room, Lifford Old Courthouse, The Diamond, Lifford, Co. Donegal
Access to the installation is free.
For opening times check the website:

The Trial case study on

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