Frongoch Easter Rising Prisoners Remembered

Frongoch internment camp in north Wales was used to hold Irish Republican prisoners from the 1916 Rising.  A series of events were held at Frongoch on Junes 10th - 11th 2016 to mark the centenary of the internment camp and its importance in the Irish War of Independence. As reported on BBC Cymru a march took place which was supported amongst others by a number of groups from Ireland and Wales. This included members of An Conradh Ceilteach, the Celtic League Irish branch and Yr Undeb Geltaidd - Cangen Cymru, Wales Branch Celtic League.  Also addressing the crowd at the commemoration was Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall.

Whilst held in the camp the Irish prisoners endured harsh conditions. However, this did not deter them taking the opportunity to exchange information and plan tactics for the next phase of the armed struggle for Irish freedom. There were approximately 1,800 Irish prisoners held without trial in Frongoch, including prominent Irish revolutionaries Michael Collins (Irish: Mícheál Ó Coileáin) and Arthur Griffith (Irish: Art Ó Gríobhtha), who founded and later led the political party Sinn Féin. For many Frongoch became Ollscoil na Réabhlóide- the University of Revolution.

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