Saturday 10 December 2016

Freedom of Dublin for executed leader's son

Ryan Nugent

Published 22/03/2016 | 02:30

Fr Joseph Mallin was conferred with the honorary freedom of the capital by Lord Mayor, Críona Ní Dhálaigh
Fr Joseph Mallin was conferred with the honorary freedom of the capital by Lord Mayor, Críona Ní Dhálaigh

The only surviving child of an executed leader of the 1916 Rising has been honoured with the freedom of Dublin city.

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Fr Joseph Mallin was conferred with the honorary freedom of the capital by Lord Mayor, Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

Fr Mallin is the son of Michael Mallin, who was second in command of the Irish Citizen Army during the Easter Rising.

He was only two when his father was executed in Kilmainham Jail in 1916.

Fr Mallin has been a Jesuit priest in Hong Kong since 1948, and was honoured at a ceremony in the city on Monday morning.

Dublin's Lord Mayor paid tribute to Fr Mallin for not only his father's part in the Rising but also his stellar work in Hong Kong for more than half a century.

"The Freedom of the City is the highest civic honour Dublin city can bestow," said Ms Ní Dhálaigh.

"I am acknowledging his family connection to the Easter 1916 Rising as the son of Commandant Michael Mallin.

"His skills as a priest, a mentor, teacher and giver of grace have made a difference to thousands of lives," she added.

Fr Mallin becomes the 81st person to receive the honour and joins the likes of John wF Kennedy, Gay Byrne and Brian O'Driscoll on the honours list.

Irish Independent

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