Mitchel hall was completed in 1851 by convict and civilian labour and the C block as it was know housed convicts sent from Mountjoy Prison in Dublin. The central hall was the Anglican chapel and then the community hall after all the prisoners left in the late 1800's. This attractive building has a wide central space which was used for dances by the residents on Friday evenings and has seen marriages and many events.
Part of the block were used by the army for married quarters and finally prisoner officers quarters and the prison school from the 1980's on. Many prisoners and even the teachers have relayed fond memories of the classes they attended in the C block during this time, with many of the works created in art class on show upstairs in the Punishment block.
Today the block houses temporary art exhibitions and holds concerts in its former Anglican church, while the rooms either side are used to display some military memorabilia which has been collected and displayed by the volunteers, often former residents or servicemen on the island who give up their time to add to its history and heritage. If you are lucky enough to visit on a Tuesday be sure to visit and speak to these fascinating characters who are part of the islands DNA.