German POWs interned in Templemore barracks

German Prisoners of War in Templemore during WWI. The new radio documentary is entitled 'Turnhalle Barracks'.
A new radio documentary charts the story of over 2,300 German civilians who were interned in the Garda College during WWI.

A new radio documentary charts the story of over 2,300 German civilians who were interned in the Garda College during WWI.

Following the outbreak of the 1st world war in August 1914, the British government implemented a policy of interning all Germans, Austrians and Hungarians of military age who were living in Britain and Ireland as they viewed them with suspicion and feared that they might have been sympathetic to the German war effort. Initially 300 of these ordinary civilians were interned in Richmond Barracks, Templemore (currently the Garda College) but as the war progressed and enemy soldiers started being captured on a large scale, the British decided to transfer the civilian internees to a camp in Oldcastle Co Meath and instead use Richmond Barracks solely for the purpose of imprisoning the captured German soldiers and military personnel.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.