This is a free but ticketed event.
Although the Catholic Church was strongly opposed to any physical force against the British, it was the Capuchin Friars who were present in many garrisons hearing confessions and ministering to the male and female rebels. The Friars also accompanied the Volunteers carrying ceasefire orders, and were present in Kilmainham Gaol prior to the executions of the leaders.
It is perhaps poignant to note that the altar and reredos of this Church were designed by James Pearse, father of Patrick and Willie Pearse. The day will begin with the Mozart Requiem performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra with Chamber Choir Ireland and broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm.
In the afternoon, hear the story of the rebels’ priests, the Capuchin friars, and listen to an illustrated talk remembering the role of Cork rebel Alice Cashel, and a new musical arrangement based on her novel “The Lights of Leaca Bán”.
Photograph of The Capuchin Church courtesy of RTÉ Archives.
Capuchin Friary Church Joe Little’s introduction will include a reflection on his two forbears, PJ Little and Dr Christopher O’Brien, who – like the Capuchin friars...