You Were Only Supposed To Paint The Bloody Doors


From top: Michael Caine (carrying parcel) in a scene from The Italian Job shot in Kilmainham Gaol; Kilmainham today.

The Irish Film Institute writes:

All the prison scenes in the 1969 classic The Italian Job were actually filmed in Kilmainham Jail, in Dublin! The East Wing was painted yellow.

After the filming of In The Name Of The Father in 1992, it was repainted in cream & brown, which remains to this day.


U2 perform inside Kilmainham for single ‘A Celebration’ in 1982.

The band were at the time serving six months for a number of fashion crimes.

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17 thoughts on “You Were Only Supposed To Paint The Bloody Doors

  1. Shayna

    It’s an eerie place to visit – I was 10 when I visited. I could see James Connolly on the chair. (Metaphorically)

    1. Cian

      Mine too. (except the film in question is Paddington 2).

      The following films have been filmed at Kilmainham Gaol (says Wikipedia):
      – The Quare Fellow, 1962
      – The Face of Fu Manchu, 1965 (starring Christopher Lee)
      – The Italian Job, 1969
      – The Mackintosh Man, 1973
      – The Last Remake of Beau Geste, 1977
      – The Whistle Blower, 1987
      – The Babe, 1992
      – In the Name of the Father, 1993
      – Michael Collins, 1996
      – The Adventures of the Young Indiana Jones (2000) – Love’s Sweet Song
      – The Escapist, 2008 (starring Brian Cox)
      – The Wind That Shakes the Barley, 2006
      – Paddington 2, 2017 (interior)

          1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

            She’s going to give birth to another man’s child.
            ….eastenders drums….

      1. Shayna

        Wow, you’re as bored as I.
        “The Wind That Shakes The Barley – I’ll watch it again I watched, “Black 47” for the third time – different time – same enemy. The British are fine, as long as they don’t come over here again – with their soldiers.

  2. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

    Coincidentally, I just got this mail from them today, was due to bring my da and my youngest.

    Good afternoon,
    Please ignore the following email, if you have already contacted us to cancel your booking.
    Following Government advice, Kilmainham Gaol Museum will be closed until further notice.
    This is a precautionary measure to minimise the spread of Covid-19.

  3. f_lawless

    Remarkable to see the uncropped bushy mop on the Edge – or the Hedge, as he was known back then

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      he used to play at the top of our church at Sunday school
      the auld fella (a bit of a musician himself) described it as ” a goat dunging in a tin can “

  4. DOC

    Someone should have put Bono in a cell
    And leave him there
    Crimes against Music
    Do us all a favour

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