German Prisoners in Oldcastle

Old Drogheda Society



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Sunday December 14th 2014 at 3pm

December 2014 marks the centenary of the arrival of the first German and Austrian Prisoners of War in Oldcastle in 1914.

These mainly civilian prisoners were interned in the Oldcastle Workhouse which was specially fortified for their arrival. The Workhouse building itself no longer exists, but at its peak nearly 600 men were imprisoned there. Moylagh Historical Society and Meath County Council Library Service will commemorate their arrival at Oldcastle Railway Station by re-enacting the march from the railway station to the site of the Workhouse, escorted by British Army soldiers, on Sunday December 14th 2014 at 3pm. 

Letters relating to the camp will be read at a gathering in Oldcastle Library afterwards where the Navan Male Voice Choir have kindly agreed to sing a selection of German carols. A variety of Camp documents, photographs and artefacts will be on display in the library. If you would like to take part in the re-enactment. Please contact Oldcastle Library on 049 8542084 or Oldcastlelib@meathcoco.ie.

Old Drogheda Society - History, Archaeology & Heritage, Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

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