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Kilkenny Men interned in Ballykinlar Camp


“Supported by the Department of Tourism,  Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.”

Kilkenny County Council Library Service as part of its Programme for the Decade of Centenaries has commissioned a publication on Kilkenny Men interned in Ballykinlar Camp, County Down, 1920-21 with local historian Orla Murphy. 

‘Ballykinlar Camp Co. Down was the first and the largest of the internment camps opened by the British authorities at the height of the War of Independence in December 1920. Several of the Kilkenny men who were interned in Ballykinlar already had experience of internment earlier in 1920 and some like Tom Treacy, Jim Lalor and Ned Comerford had experienced it in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising. Both Tom and Jim had ended up in Frongoch via Richmond Barracks, Dublin, and Wakefield Prison in Yorkshire. It was in Frongoch, “the University of Revolution”, which had thrown almost 1800 prisoners together after the Rising, that the seeds of the resurgent Irish Volunteers were sown.

If you would like to learn more, you can preview publication by clicking link below and then download by clicking the title page.