Bere Island Internment Camp

Bere Island Internment Camp
A history of the Bere Island Internment Camp which was in operation in 1921.

In 1920 a prison camp was opened on Bere Island by the British authorities for convicted Republican prisoners. However, by April 1921 all convicted prisoners had been transported to the prison at Spike Island and all the internees who had been incarcerated on Spike Island were transported to Bere Island, so that the island camp became an internment camp only.

The Bere Island Internment Camp, which was on the site of the present day Rerrin Military Barracks, was in operation from April 1921, until December 10th 1921 and consisted of four timber huts, which at one stage housed 284 men.

In 2021, to mark the centenary of the Internment Camp, Bere Island Projects Group CLG received funding from The Heritage Council’s Community Heritage Grant Scheme to produce a short film documenting the history of the camp.


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