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Capuchin Annual to be available free online with 1916 Rising content


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Hi all,

The Capuchin Annual was published in Dublin by the Irish Province of the Capuchin Franciscan Order between the years 1930 and 1977. Its subject matter was eclectic. Many of the articles dealt with matters of ecclesiastical and church interest. However, the Annual also contained short stories, poetry, articles about current affairs, photographic content, art (regularly printing works in full colour), and historically-themed subject matter. The 1966 edition included an extended section marking the fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 Rising containing rarely-seen images and previously unpublished accounts of events in various parts of Dublin, Enniscorthy, Limerick, Kerry, Belfast, Cork and Galway. Most of these accounts were written by eyewitnesses including some which were published anonymously.

Of particular interest is the memoir by Fr. Aloysius Travers OFM Cap. (1870-1957), a Capuchin Friar. This day-by-day memoir provides a narrative account of his movements throughout Dublin from the outbreak of fighting on Easter Monday (24 May) to the execution of James Connolly on 12 May. His account includes poignant descriptions of many of the executed leaders’ last hours.

Plans are being finalised to make the entire run of the Capuchin Annual available online at no cost. Although the Annual was quite Nationalistic in tone, there is a lot of sympathetic WWI British Army content related to Irish recruitment and the Capuchin Order's own participants - Fr. John Butler OFM and Fr. Ignatius Collins and Fr. Dominic O'Connor among others, who all played their part.

This should make for a very interesting resource.



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