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"The End of All Things Earthly" edited by David Bracken
On this weeks programme we are joined by David Bracken who works as the Limerick Diocesan Archivist to talk about the publication of a new book about the faith profiles of the 1916 leaders.
Bishop Brendan Leahy launched the new book in Dublin and his talk at the launch is available here.
The official launch in Limerick takes place on Tuesday 15th March in Mary Immaculate College at 6.30pm if people are interested and want to attend.
The title of the book comes from the last letter of John Mallin to his wife from Kilmainhan Gaol written the night before his execution,
"My darling Wife Pulse of my heart, this is the end of all things earthly; sentense of Death has been passed, and a quarter to four tomorrow the sentense will be carried out by shooting and so must Irishmen pay for trying to make Ireland a free nation, Gods will be done.....My heart strings are torne to pieces when I think of you and them of our manly James, happy go lucky John, Shy warm Una dadys Girl and oh little Joseph my little man my little man Wife dear Wife I cannot keep the tears back when I think of him he will rest in my arms no more, to think I have to leave you to battle through the world with them without my help, what will you do my own darling …
Edited by Limerick Diocesan archivist David Bracken, ‘The End of All Things Earthly’ has contributions from 18 academics on this aspect of the leaders’ lives and also includes personal letters and testimonies of the leaders, as well as rarely seen photographs and transcripts. Commenting ahead of the book launch, Bishop Leahy said, “The question of how faith and armed rebellion can be compatible has exercised much conversation from the time of the rising to, indeed, the present day. However, the book does not seek to adjudicate on this but, instead, merely give a sense of what faith meant to the Leaders.
“The Rising Leaders clearly had varying degrees of faith. But what is striking is the closeness with God in the final moments before execution, including for those with little Catholic faith prior to this. It’s a piece of work we are very proud of and indebted to all involved, including our own David Bracken for his effort in pulling this together, and, of course, all contributors.”
Featuring contributions from a selection of Irish academics and historians, the book comprises seventeen concise, yet richly detailed, essays that provide a fascinating insight into the faith profiles of the leaders of the Easter Rising.
Contributors to the book include:
- Damien Burke, Assistant Archivist at the Irish Jesuit Archives.
- Bernie Deasy, Archivist at the Delaney Archive, which cares for the archival collections of the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, the Patrician Brothers, Brigidine Sisters and Carlow College.
- Noelle Dowling, Archivist at Dublin Diocesan Archives
- Roddy Hegarty, Director of the Cardinal Tomán Ó Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive
- Brian Kirby, Archivist at the Irish Capuchin Provincial Archives.
|Artist’s impression by Walter Paget of the situation in the GPO late on the Friday of Easter Week after shell fire set the roof ablaze.|
- The Catholic Church and the Easter Rising
- Jesuit to receive Freedom of Dublin in Hong Kong - 102-year-old Fr Joseph Mallin SJ is the last surviving child of an executed leader of the 1916 Easter Rising.
- Good ends would not justify immoral means - The choice to use force in 1916 must be subjected to severe reappraisal, writes John Bruton
- Pick your favourite 1916 Easter Rising poem - Irish Independent - Some magnificent poetry has emerged from the Easter Rising, from participants, onlookers and others writing over the century since 1916. Dr Lucy Collins of University College Dublin has written about ten key poems inspired by the Easter Rising. Read all 10 poems and Dr Collins commentary at the link above.
Saints of the Week (commemorations during Lent)
March 14th - Blessed Thomas Vives
March 15th - Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer
March 16th - Saint Finian Lobhar
March 17th - Solemnity of St Patrick, patron of Ireland. Previous posts from SS102fm on St Patrick
March 18th - Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
March 19th - Solemnity of St Joseph, Husband of BVM
March 20th - Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday