Oldcastle Workhouse served as a civilian internment camp from December 1914 to May 1918, holding almost six hundred Irish-based civilian men of German and Austrian birth as “enemy aliens”. Tom French has recently edited a book containing a collection of essays on the Camp under the title “Oldcastle Camp 1914-18 – an Illustrated History”. In this talk he will focus on the scholarly work which has been done on this subject, paying particular attention to the material in the book just edited by him.
Tom French works in the Local History department of Meath County Council Library Service. He is also a poet, and his books – the most recent of which is The Last Straw (2018) – are published by The Gallery Press, and were awarded the O’Shaughnessy Prize in 2016. He has edited Oldcastle Camp 1914—1918: an Illustrated History, published by Meath County Council and Moylagh Historical Society in 2018 on the centenary of the closure of the Camp.