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    Oldcastle Detention camp

    Oldcastle Detention camp

     POW painting of Oldcastle Detention Camp  The Oldcastle Detention Camp 1914-1918 by John Smith Introduction On 7th November 1914, an announcement byThe Meath Chronicle that “German Prisoners” were coming to Oldcastle, openly declared, what many people living in the Oldcastle district had for months suspected: the British War Office had acquired the local workhouse to detain German and Austrian civilians residing in Ireland. Their intention was to hold them in this converted building until the war concluded. By early December 1914 local newspapers were reporting the steady arrival of German and Austrian men to the small north Meath town. They ...

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