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Lot 603/7025

Estimate: €400-600

Manuscript prisoners’ journal, Frongoch Intgernment Camp
‘The Frongoch Favourite’ nos. 1 and 2, 17 and 19 August 1916.
Manuscript on plain paper, each one page handwritten in ink on recto only, each containing four or five short items mainly humorous or whimsical in nature. ‘The only paper turned out in ink and read by everybody in Frongoch except the Censor.’
Items include ‘A Fire at Frongoch’; ‘For sale – a Whistle’; ‘Another Fire!’ etc.
Detainees at Frongoch were not permitted pen and ink, hence the ubiquitous prison pencil in letters home; evidently this was ‘one that got away’. Probably in the handwriting of James Mallon, a 3rd Battalion Volunteer who was detained at Frongoch after the Rising. Certainly a unique item.
Provenance: Papers of James Mallon; by family descent.

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