I chatted to Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk about the history of Holloway Prison, and particularly the great reformer Mary Size (below) who hailed from County Galway.
Mary was born in 1883 and became a prison wardress after moving to England. In 1927 she was appointed Deputy Governor of Holloway and introduced a whole range of important reforms. An entire book could be written on Irish prisoners and staff at Holloway. Famous inmates include Constance Markievicz, racing driver Fay Taylour, aviator Lady Mary Heath, and Kate Meyrick the London nightclub queen from Dublin.