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Student finds family history in old Welsh internment camp; WALES.

A 15-YEAR-OLD Irish student visiting old prisoner-of-war camps in North Wales was surprised to find his great grandfather had once been held there.

Kevin Croke was among 25 students from Ireland and Pembrokeshire visiting two camps near Bala, where the British had interned Catholics after the Easter Rising in 1916.

Author Lyn Ebenezer, 67, was asked by the Urdd to give the students a guided tour of the sites during their exchange visit. Mr Ebenezer, of Aberystwyth, asked if anyone' had anyone's ancestors had taken part in the Easter Rising."

Kevin, of Drumcondra, Dublin, said his great grandfather Michael Croke had been involved. Mr Ebenezer then looked up his name in a book by Sean O'Mahony and found he had been in one of the camps they were visiting.

Mr Ebenezer said: "We were amazed. It was quite a coincidence. Kevin knew his great grandfather had taken part in the Easter rebellion but had no idea he had been at Frongoch. He was very proud."

Frongoch and the Birth of the IRA by Lyn Ebenezer is published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch at pounds 7.50.

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Visiting student Kevin Croke of County Kildare (inset) discovered his great grandfather Michael Croke was one of the 1,860 Irish prisoners held at Frongoch near Bala after the Easter Rising of 1916 Inset picture: ERFYL LLOYD DAVIES
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 4, 2008
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