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Fr Francis Gleeson's diary to go on display later on this year

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Don

The diary of Fr Gleeson, Chaplin to the Munster Fusiliers will go on display later on in the year.

Fr Gleeson as lots of people are aware of,features in a picture of the the last General Absolution

of the 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers at Rue du Boise on the 8th May 1915.

I will keep members up to date on it's display date and Venue

Gerry

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CarylW

Thank you Gerry

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Don

Your welcome CaryIW

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jdoyle

thanks for this Gerry.

Who has taken on the job of making the material available?

Johnny

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Don

Hi Johnny,

My Cousin who is a Greyfriar called me yesterday and mentioned the Diary,we had a quick chat. He has an interest in the Chaplin's in the The Great War.

I will be meeting him this week on family business and get more details for you

Regards

Gerry

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jdoyle

thanks Gerry.

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John Finney

Hello everybody. I am new to the forum ( as of today ) and this is my first post.

I Have been doing a little research over the past couple of weeks, on behalf of a friend of mine regarding " The last general absolution of the Munsters" .

so far I have found things fascinating, my research has led me to various places, and this forum is my latest.

So,,, Its great to see this particular thread regarding the Diary of Father Gleeson, and cant wait for Don Don to post dates and details of the diary display.

I am trying to find out where Father Gleeson was, or what he was doing on ... 7th April 1919 .

The reason being,

My friend has an original print of the Last Absolution painting,,, its not a `print of a print` ... its an original print from the era, which I believe was owned by the "sphere" magazine ,who the artist of the painting ( Fortunino Matania ) worked for during WW1.

the print is framed and marked ....... " copyright "the sphere" and .....

now the best bit.......

Is actually signed and dated by Father Gleeson.... " With compliments. Francis A Gleeson. CF . 7th April 1919 "

As you can imagine,,, I am delighted.

I will attach photos once I figure out how to do so.......lol...

Thanks...

John.

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John Finney

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CaroleHope

Hi Johnny,

My Cousin who is a Greyfriar called me yesterday and mentioned the Diary,we had a quick chat. He has an interest in the Chaplin's in the The Great War.

I will be meeting him this week on family business and get more details for you

Regards

Gerry

Looking forward to being able to see the Gleeson diary - I'm sure I saw it on display once before at Collins Barracks a few years ago? It would be great if it could be transcribed. You might want to mention my book to your cousin, which contains the transcriptions made by me of 63 letters, 89,000 words written by Fr Willie Doyle to his father from the Western Front between February 1916 and his death in August 1917. There are 7 reviews on Amazon, from people interested from both military and religious viewpoints.

Carole

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Murrough

Looks good and a very nice thing to have.

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mick1234

John,

A very good thread on this Painting, "Last Absolution of the Munsters".

Mick

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John Finney

Hello Mick,,, Yes I read the other thread already,,,, thats actually what brought me here in the first place,,,, then I saw this thread about the Diary. all very fascinating,,, thanks Mick.

and to `Murrough` .... ......... Hi murrough. yes,,, Its a lovely Item.... the fact that its a sphere copyright , and signed by Father Gleeson makes it apparently,... Unique.

I spoke to a Leading London art dealer the other day, who actually specialises in works by the artist in question, Fortunino Matania, and after sending him photo`s , he describes it as..... " A tremendous find " .

So... I intend contacting, Christies, Sotherby`s, IWM, Royal Munster Fusiliers association, and anyone else I can think of, to see just exactly how ` Tremendous` ?.

So far my research has been absolutely riveting, finding out more about Father Gleeson has now become my little Mission. excuse the pun.

In particular... I am now trying to find out who Father Gleeson actually presented the Print to , on 7th April 1919. and ... did Father Gleeson actually OWN the print, or just present it on behalf of someone else.

Apparently this was just 2 or 3 weeks before he left the services.

so... hopefully a Diary entry , might help me on my quest.

Thanks all..... JOhn

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