Kildare Author launches Book

Kildare Author launches Book

Subject: The Curragh internment camps and Independence Fighters Imprisoned Without Trial

Kildare author and historian James Durney new book "Interned" was launched on Thursday 25 July 2019 at the Curragh Camp Museum. 

The book was officially launced by Col. Brendan Delaney, Defence Forces Training Centre.

War of Independence re-enactors from the Lord Edward's Own Re-enactment Group were in attendance and set the scene for the event.

The song "The Ferrets of Kildare" was performed on the night by Darren Brereton

This song will be recorded on an album of Kildare songs for the Federation of Local History Groups later this year.

Interned - The Curragh Internment Camps in the War of Independence 
During the War of Independence, faced with an armed insurrection it couldn’t stop, the British government introduced increasingly harsh penalties for suspected republicans, including internment without trial. This led to the incarceration of thousands of men in camps around the country, including the Rath and Hare Park Camps at the Curragh in County Kildare. Interned is the first book to tell the story of the men who were held in the Curragh internment camps, which housed republicans from all over Ireland. Faced with harsh conditions, unforgiving guards and inadequate and often inedible food, the prisoners maintained their defiance of the British regime and took whatever chances they could to defy their gaolers, including a number of escapes. The most audacious of these was in September 1921, during the Truce period, when sixty men escaped through a tunnel.

This unique book is the first to investigate the Curragh Internment Camps, which housed thousands of republicans from all over Ireland. It contains a list of names and addresses of some 1,500 internees, which will be fascinating to their descendants and those interested in local history, as well as an exploration and details of the 1921 escape, which was one of the largest and most successful IRA escape in history.

The book Interned is published by Mercier Press and is available at

"Interned" - James Durney

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