Letter from 1916 Prisoners detained in Frongoch Internment Camp

Letter from 1916 Prisoners detained in Frongoch Internment CampCA/IR/1/1/2/1/5
4 Oct. 1916
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9 pp
ManuscriptLetter to Tim Healy KC MP from various republican internees asking him intercede in a dispute with prison authorities. The manuscript provides background to the dispute, which arose from a refusal by the prisoners to clean out ashpits other than those in their own quarters, and makes various points about the legality of their detention. It states the prisoners would be glad to engage Healy through a solicitor, if they could contact one such as Mr Gavan Duffy. Healy was one of the few King’s Counsel to provide legal services to members of Sinn Féin in various legal proceedings in both Ireland and England following the 1916 Rising. This included acting for those interned in 1916 in Frongoch Camp in North Wales.
The letter reads: ‘Recently the military authorities in charge of the Camp here have adopted such an attitude of consistently vindictive injustice towards us that we are reluctantly compelled to believe that there must be some ulterior motive behind it. … We can do very little to help ourselves, cut off as we are from all the world, and strictly prohibited – officially – from sending out a single complaint’.
The letter is in two distinctive hands and is signed by ‘Michael Staines, Head Leader; James Murphy, leader, no. 1 room; Edward A. Morkan, leader, no. 2 room; R.J. Mulcahy, leader, no. 3 room; Thomas D. Sinnott, Leader no. 4 Room’. A similar but less extensive document is held in the National Archives, in the Devoy Papers (MS 18,101).
WITH MANY THANKS TO :   Capuchin Archives, Ireland
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