Families who have crossed the border because of the violent unrest in Northern Ireland are to spend Christmas in an army camp in Cork.

Over two hundred refugees, the majority of whom are children, are now living at Kilworth Army Camp. While the surroundings are grim, the mood in camp is joyous with plenty of festive spirit, Christmas carols and gifts for the children. 

One woman describes how well they have been treated by the army and the Red Cross. 

Camp Commandment Captain McSweeney describes what it is like to manage the camp and what Christmas day will be like for the refugees including Christmas dinner, a children's party and later a party for the adults.

An RTÉ News report was broadcast on 23 December 1971. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.