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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. The Trial is currently being exhibited at Dublin Castle and the run has now been extended until 3 December 2019. 

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 national tour is funded by the Arts Council’s touring and dissemination of work scheme. The exhibition previously travelled to Spike Island, Cork (26 July – 22 August) and Lifford Courthouse, Donegal (29 August – 12 September). The Dublin Castle exhibition is programmed as part of Smashing Times’ Arts and Human Rights Festival Dublin.

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