Tuesday 21 February 2017

The words of Maud Gonne MacBride from her prison cell

Published 28/03/2016 | 02:30

Maud Gonne MacBride was held in Holloway Jail for female prisoners. Photo: Keystone/Getty Images
Maud Gonne MacBride was held in Holloway Jail for female prisoners. Photo: Keystone/Getty Images

I thought you would be interested in looking at the following letter, found while I was doing research for my unpublished book Cameos of Kerry - Impressions of an Outsider. From the National Archive in Kew, London, it was written by Maud Gonne MacBride, a prisoner at Holloway Jail in London.

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Some idea can be gained of the conditions the Irish female prisoners were experiencing at Holloway Jail - a prison for women - in one paragraph, which was deleted completely by the official military censor and has not been made public until now.

The first and final paragraphs of her letter were published at the time in the Irish Independent.

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