Prisoners Of War: Ballykinlar Interment Camp 1920-1921
Publish Date: 2013-09-18
Author: Liam O Duibhir
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Ballykinlar Internment Camp was the first mass internment camp to be established by the British in Ireland during the War of Independence. Opened in December 1920, it became home to hundreds of Irish men arrested by the British. Held for up to a year, and subjected to often-brutal treatment and poor quality food in an attempt to break them both physically and mentally. The interned men instead established a small community within the camp. The story of the Ballykinlar internment camp is on the one hand an account of suffering, espionage, murder, and maltreatment, but it is also a chronicle of survival, comradeship, and community.