Details of the 31 Men Interned

This is a list of the 31 men from Westport and the surrounding area who were arrested after the Easter Rising in 1916. Many were members of Fianna Éireann and the Irish Volunteers. They were arrested over a period of 10 days from 2nd May to 12th May 1916.

This summary of the Castlebar prison records gives details of their names, martial status, internment date, age, address, occupation, and offence. Also added to this list are details from the 1911 census, which gives their address and age in 1911. Mr. Joseph Gill was not traced on either the 1901 or 1911 census.

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The prison records state all were “Lodged without warrant under the Defence of the Realm act 1914”.

1. – Guilty of behaviour of such a nature as to be prejudicial to the public safety and the Defence of the Realm by marching with arms as Sinn Fein Volunteers at Westport on Sunday 30th April 1916. (Total 10)
2. – Guilty of behaviour of such a nature as to be prejudicial to the safety of the State and the Defence of the Realm by assembling with others with arms as Sinn Fein Volunteers at Farnaught Westport on Sunday 30th April 1916. (Total 1)
3. – Guilty of behaviour prejudicial to the public safety and the Defence of the Realm and being a dangerous Sinn Fein leader in organising and preparing for the rebellion (Total 1)
4. – Guilty of behaviour prejudicial to the public safety and the Defence of the Realm. (Total 6)
5. – Guilty of conduct prejudicial to the public safety and the Defence of the Realm. (Total 12)
6. – Guilty of behaviour prejudicial to the State and the Defence of the Realm by aiding, abetting and encouraging in the preparation for the rebellion. (Total 1)

The prison record states all were “Removed by military on 10/5/1916, Destination unknown, except P.J. Doris who was removed on 15/5/2016

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The prison record states all were “Removed by military on 10/5/1916, Destination unknown, except P.J. Doris who was removed on 15/5/2016

The men were transported to Richmond Barracks in Dublin on 12th May 1916 and most were then sent by cattle ship and lodged in Wandsworth Detention Centre on 13th May and were later transferred to Frongoch Internment camp in North Wales. Although some were released after a short period, many were interned for up to 8 months and were released on Christmas Eve, 1916.

Young Men.

The two youngest prisons John Berry and Paddy Hughes were sent to Barlinnie prison in Glasgow. Two teachers from the Christian Brother School (CBS), Edward Gannon and Charles Gavan were interned.  Many of the young men were former students of the CBS in Westport. After their release, a report from the Mayo News dated April 1917 stated that John Lohan, Joe Ring, Bartley Cryan and Michael Derrig were on the Westport GAA team. Michael Derrig also played rugby with the Westport Rugby club.