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When: 01 January 1918

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Mr. Seumas O’Neill of Cashel, German Plot prisoner of Durham Gaol. A fine, handsome young man in semi-military garb with a Nationalist badge on his lapel, locked up in a British gaol. Who was Seumas, and what was the German Plot? What happened to him thereafter?

Yesterday’s virtual trip through Germany, Switzerland, and Austria was most entertaining, and a welcome relief from the trials and tribulations of the pandemic, whose name must not be mentioned!

Photographers: Unknown

Collection: Irish Personalities Photographic Collection

Date: Circa 1910-1930

NLI Ref: NPA PERS63

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    suckindeesel

    • 08/Dec/2020 09:21:18

    Locked up on the pretext of a "German Plot" www.museum.ie/en-IE/Collections-Research/Collection/Inter...(1)/7e270bd2-9e2a-49d2-8fe4-1bae99ff6aa7

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    O Mac

    • 08/Dec/2020 09:34:16

    National Volunteers badge. www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1916-irish-national-volunt... His hair cut would suggest pre lockdown.

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    Seoirse Ó Dúic - an duine Phléimeanach

    • 08/Dec/2020 09:48:32

    The "German Plot" was a spurious conspiracy alleged in May 1918 by the Dublin Castle administration in Ireland to exist between the Sinn Féin movement and the German Empire to start an armed insurrection in Ireland during World War I. The alleged conspiracy, which would have diverted the British war effort, was used to justify the internment of Sinn Féin leaders, who were actively opposing attempts to introduce conscription in Ireland.

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    Seoirse Ó Dúic - an duine Phléimeanach

    • 08/Dec/2020 09:53:12

    Seamus was imprisoned in Durham prison. www.museum.ie/en-IE/Collections-Research/Collection/Inter...(1)/7e270bd2-9e2a-49d2-8fe4-1bae99ff6aa7

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    Seoirse Ó Dúic - an duine Phléimeanach

    • 08/Dec/2020 09:59:17

    Dublin, 10 March 1919 - All remaining Sinn Féin members, interned in Britain since last May, have been released and the vast majority have returned to Ireland. However, a considerable number – including 11 released from Gloucester Prison – have been unable to make the journey back to Ireland owing to ill-health caused by influenza. Dan McCarthy MP, who has returned from Durham Prison, explained that a doctor had certified that two Sinn Féiners held alongside him – Seamus O’Neill of Tipperary and Michael Fleming from Kerry – would be unfit to travel for a number of days. Both men had influenza, McCarthy said, but were now convalescing. Another man, Art O’Connor MP, was still confined to bed. Some released prisoners returned on board the RMS Ulster with the body of Sinn Féin MP, Pierce McCan, who died from influenza in custody. Many of the returned prisoners have been recounting for reporters their own prison experience. Arthur Griffith, who had been in Gloucester, remarked that their chief complaint was the lack of air and the fact that they only had two small yards for exercise. Griffith added, however, that the prisoners enjoyed a ‘first-class prison diet’ in Gloucester and he lauded the care afforded by the prison doctor, Dr Bell, an Irishman and a nephew of the late Professor Tyrell of TCD. Dr Bell, he said, acted promptly when the prisoners became ill and had all those affected by the influenza moved to hospitals outside. However, conditions were not uniform across all prisons. Tadhg Barry from Cork stated that his experience at Usk in Wales was much worse than that in Gloucester. Meanwhile, Constance Markievicz, who has spent the last 10 months in Holloway Jail and who devoted much of her time to the study of economics, Irish language and history, has remarked upon the courtesy with which she was treated by most of the prison officials. The exceptions, she indicated, were a few of the younger wardresses, to whom, she added: ‘I had to give a dressing down at the start.’

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Dec/2020 10:03:29

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/historicaltoursireland Thank you both. That URL seems to have a break in it somewhere...

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    Seoirse Ó Dúic - an duine Phléimeanach

    • 08/Dec/2020 10:07:36

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] www.museum.ie/en-IE/Collections-Research/Collection/Inter...(1)/7e270bd2-9e2a-49d2-8fe4-1bae99ff6aa7 Does this work now?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Dec/2020 11:24:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/historicaltoursireland] Sadly no. I think it's breaking at the bracket. I'll try it this way... Well, that works. Is that what you were pointing to?

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    suckindeesel

    • 08/Dec/2020 12:02:59

    "The first item on the agenda for a republican party is the split" -B. Behan

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    suckindeesel

    • 08/Dec/2020 12:05:37

    www.museum.ie/en-IE/Collections-Research/Collection/Inter...(1)/7e270bd2-9e2a-49d2-8fe4-1bae99ff6aa7