Last Absolution to the Munster Fusiliers.

On Sunday last 10th May. Father Fergal MacDonagh Parish Priest in the Rialto/ Dolphins Barn parish. The Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fatima. Dedicated the 11 o'c Mass in remembrance of Father Francis Gleeson. Chaplin to the 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers and the unveiling of the painting of Fr. Gleeson administering the Last Absolution to the Musters at Rue du Bois on the eve of the Battle of Aubers Ridge on May 8th 1915. Fr. Fergal also included  in the Mass the names of 32 known parishioner who served and died in ww1. Sadly, two sets of brothers are included in the Roll of Honour.

Joseph Fitzpatrick    age 21   KIA  05/09/1915  Royal Irish Rifles.
William Fitzpatrick   age 19    KIA  03/10/1915  Royal Irish Rifles

Michael Ward          age 20    KIA  02/11/1914  9th (Queens Royal) Lancers.
James Ward            age 19    KIA  23/11/1917  Royal Irish Fusiliers.

The youngest fatality on the Roll of Honour.
William Vaughan.     age 16   died of wounds   21/11/1918 Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

The unveiling took place after the remembrance sermon by Fr. Fergal who then invited a descendant from the Fitzpatricks family to unveil the painting.  The Act of Remembrance followe by the Exhortation (Fr.Fergal) the dipping of the Dublin Central Branch Standard. The lament played by Piper Mark Toner of the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band.

Our thanks to Fr. Fergal for a wonderful remembrance Mass and the honour in allowing  the Branch to parade their Standard to the memory of all our Irish Soldiers who fought and those who never returned home.

                                               "WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"

PIPER MARK TONER.
Photos courtesy of Dan Whelan

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Brendan O'Neill | Reply 14.05.2015 17.45

God Bless them all!

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