Fr. Joseph Mallin (b. 1913), Part 2
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Fr. Joseph Mallin (b. 1913), Part 2


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Track 1: Details are provided of Fr. Joseph Mallin’s formation years with the Jesuit community, the outbreak of WWII, the Blueshirts, and Margaret Pearse’s fear of General Eoin O’Duffy. Comparisons are made between the Irish and the Chinese cultures. Track 2: The timing of the 1916 Rising is discussed, as is Jack Lynch’s visit to China while he was Taoiseach. Track 3: Fr. Mallin discusses his brother Séamus Mallin’s membership of the IRA. He recalls accompanying him to the Four Courts where he heard the initial shots fired at the end of June 1922, signalling the commencement of the Civil War. Track 4: Memories of the Eucharistic Congress in 1932 are provided, and visits by the Mallin family to Áras an Úachtaráin are recalled. Fr. Mallin examines the present interest in commemorating the 1916 Rising. Track 5: Details of the Dublin locations in which the family lived are outlined, and Fr. Mallin recalls caring for his mother in the last year of her life, and her funeral. He shares his memories of St. Enda’s and the large republican gatherings there. Track 6: Contains a discussion on the plans put in place for the aftermath of the 1916 Rising and Fr. Mallin’s uncle’s involvement with events on Bloody Sunday. Fr. Mallin’s views are outlined in relation to the treatment of his father (who had soldiered in India) by the leaders of the 1916 Rising, who placed him with the Citizen Army in Stephen’s Green. This proved to be a huge strategical error, overlooked, as it was, by surrounding buildings. The garrison subsequently moved into the College of Surgeons. Track 7: A description is provided of the personnel involved with the White Cross organisation, and a discussion on the letters written by his father to his mother while he was stationed in India with the British Army. An anecdote about Jim O’Shea, Michael Mallin’s bodyguard prior to the Rising of 1916, is told.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


128 kbps

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48 hours

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10.21 MB, 11.36 MB, 7.44 MB, 9.44 MB, 6.64 MB, 12.19 MB, 10.05 MB

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Mallin, Michael (Interviewee’s father)

Recorded by:

BBC Radio