Feb 13 2020
Bob Kelly’s grandfather, Joe, was a young man when he joined the IRA in the 1930s, much like another Dubliner who later went on to gain fame as a writer, Brendan Behan. It was the early and troubled years of Irish independence, when these revolutionaries were intent on continuing the struggle for a united and free Ireland. But, when World War II broke out, Joe and hundreds of activists were interned in the Curragh Military Camp in Kildare.
De Valera’s Fianna Fáil government were responsible for this, viewing the group as a threat to Free State security. These internments were widely known about at the time. However, while contemporary Ireland has commemorated the events of 1916 and is currently marking the War of Independence, very little has been documented about that moment in Irish history, according to Bob.
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