Ceremony held for Irish prisoners at Frongoch


Shane Brennan

A CEREMONY was held to commemorate the prisoners held at Frongoch, near Bala, where 1,800 Irishmen were imprisoned following the Easter Rising, Dublin 1916.

The ceremony was organised by the Balchder Cymru organisation .

The Frongoch internment camp Easter commemoration 2014 went ahead on Easter Monday in great weather.

A crowd gathered to hear a brief history of the camp from Balchder Cymru President, Adam Phillips, after the event was opened with the playing of the Irish National Anthem “a soldiers song” which was played live on a flute by Lindsey Garner.

The 1916 Proclamation from the GPO Dublin was then read out by Irishman Chris Noble who's grandmother was a cousin of Michael Collins who was interned in the camp.

Chris also had a relative who was a messenger boy during the Easter rising.

After that emotional reading, “Patriots song” was played on the flute before Balchder Cymru chairman Russell Morris layed lillies under the memorial plaque.

The last post was played and a minutes silenced observed.

Afterwards the party visit South Camp and the Old Camp commandants house and offices.

The group were given permission to place an information board in South Camp.
Mr Phillips said: “Within moments of gaining permission North Wales band Y Moniars offered to perform a fundraising gig and a pledges of donations started to come in.

“We now have over a year to raise money to make something good enough that visiting Irish folk can come to see.

“Frongoch is massively important in the history of Ireland and Wales and it is paramount to make people aware of our this.”

The Frongoch camp had previousy held German prisoners during the First World War.

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