Fron-Goch Camp 1916 - And the Birth of the IRA
Disgrifiad | Description
- ISBN: 9781845273804
- Lyn Ebenezer
- Publication May 2012
- Format: Paperback, 215x138 mm
Lyn Ebenezer sets the Easter Rising of 1916 in the context of the Dublin of the time, and relates the shipping out of Ireland of almost 2,000 Irishmen, to be held in a camp in a former whisky factory in a damp and remote part of Wales. The reactions of the prisoners to their Welsh surroundings and neighbours, and of the Welsh neighbours to these incoming fellow-Celts, are recorded.
Lyn Ebenezer is a journalist, broadcaster and writer who has done much to enhance irish-Welsh relations. Early in the 1970s he met Joe Clarke, who had been imprisoned in Fron-goch, near Bala, in 1916, and this meeting sparked his interest in the camp and its inmates.
For seven long months these men – some already Republicans, but many caught up almost by accident in the Rising – lived and studied, laughed and sang together, learning about the history and language of their country. When they were sent back to Ireland in December 1917 many of them were better equipped to fight on for their country’s independence from Britain ... and then on into the tragic Civil War ...
The book was first published in 2007. This updated edition includes the rehabilitation of the prisoners in December 1916, and tells of the positions they later held in the new Irish Parliament.