Prison Journals, 1917

Two prison or jail journals written by W. J. Brennan Whitmore (1886-1977) and Darrell Figgis (1882-1925). Brennan Whitmore was imprisoned in Frongoch Internment Camp in North Wales for his role in the 1916 Rising. ‘With the Irish in Frongoch’, detailing the harsh conditions in the camp, was published shortly after his release in 1917 and contained a series of well-known illustrations of prison life. Frongoch was described as the ‘University of the Revolution’. Among the internees were leading republicans such as Michael Collins, Terence MacSwiney, Richard Mulcahy and Gerry Boland. Figgis was a Sinn Féin activist and writer. Although he did not participate in the Rising, Figgis was arrested and interned by the British authorities between 1916 and 1917 in Reading Jail. These contemporary accounts of imprisonment were an important part of the propaganda campaign to win support for the republican cause in the lead up to the War of Independence. (Ref. CA/IR/1/7/1/10-11).

With many thanks to the: Capuchin Archives, Ireland for the original posting

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