Sunday 24 June 2018

Last surviving child of a 1916 Easter Rising leader dies aged 104

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

Payu Tiwari

Fr. Joseph Mallin, the only surviving son of an executed leader of the 1916 Easter Rising, has died at the age of 104.

His father, Commandant Michael Mallin was second in command of the Irish Citizen Army at St. Stephen’s Green during the Easter week and was executed in the Kilmainham Jail in 1916.

Fr. Joseph Mallin lived in Hong Kong after departing from Ireland in 1948 for missionary work.

The fourth of the five children, he’d said that he had no memories of his father since he was only two and a half years old when he died.

His father is believed to have called for him before his execution and is said to have written him a letter from the prison, saying he wanted him to be a priest.

“Joseph, my little man, be a priest if you can,” he reported to have written.

The Jesuit priest had been honoured with the Freedom of the City in 2016, which he’d accepted in Hong Kong.

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