NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE
On Easter Monday a ceremony took place at the site of Frongoch Prison Camp near Bala in North Wales to commemorate the prisoners who were held there following the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916.
The ceremony, which was organised by Balchder Cymru was very well attended and in splendid spring weather proceedings opened with the playing of the Irish National Anthem.
The 1916 Proclamation was then read out by Irishman Chris Noble who had a number of relatives involved in the rising including Michael Collins, the great Irish revolutionary leader who was interned in the camp.
A number of lilies were laid (at locations of both the North and South Camps on the Frongoch site) and the official commemoration concluded with the playing of the last post followed by a minute’s silence.
Over 1800 prisoners were held at Frongoch having been transported from Dublin immediately after the Rising. Some were incredibly lucky as the notorious British Army General (Maxwell) who had originally planned to execute 100 of those involved in the rising having arranged for the site at Arbour Hill which accommodates the martyrs of 1916 to be large enough for 100 bodies.
Ironically however in the years after their release many of those imprisoned including Collins himself perished in the War of Independence and the Civil War which followed it.
J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
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