Ballykinlar Internment Camp Tokens 1919-1922
During the Irish war of independence the British military commenced the internment of known Irish nationalists at Ballykinlar. The Ballykinlar Internment Camp
was located at Abercorn Barracks
in present day Northern Ireland. At its peak the internment camp was home to several thousand internees. The camp was rather like a POW camp in that it had a certain autonomy over its own internal affairs. One of the manifestations of this was the issue of tokens by the internees for use as currency inside the camp.
The tokens are written in Irish, which translates as: “Irish imprisoned in Ballykinlar."
I came across some pics of these recently when I was looking for something else.
The section on Ballykinlar tokens in the main website will be upgraded with these larger pics shortly.
Meanwhile, here is a Ballykinlar One Shilling Token, face and reverse: