Between June and December 1916 in the mountains of north Wales, within the confines of Frongoch internment Camp, republicans from all over Ireland were assembled.
Only on occasion during that period, would time be stolen from the relentless planning of revolution. On these occasions, the rebels often committed their reflections to autograph books, then circulating throughout the camp.
Oral historian and author Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara explores in detail, fifty-four rebel internees who contributed to an autograph book owned by Clare republican Patrick Brennan.
The analysis of Tomás Mac Conmara presents a powerful insight into the influences, mindset, background and stories of these fifty-four rebels. From national figures like Michael Collins to lesser known characters like ‘the Rajah of Frongoch’ Jimmy Mulkerns, their treatment by Mac Conmara now deepens our understanding of their lives, stories and contribution to the struggle for Irish freedom.
Tomás will deliver a lecture on this topic in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis on Thursday November 17th at 7:30pm.