Michael Mallin : (Commandant Irish Republican Army) Executed May 8th, 1916.

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When: 01 January 1916

This morning we have an image of one of the lesser known leaders, Michael Mallin of the Easter Rising in 1916. It was requested by one of our contributors, Dún Laoighaire Míchael.

And it is Dún Laoghaire Micheál who lets us know that Dún Laoghaire rail station was named after Mallin on the 50th anniversary of his execution (although he wonders whether there was any connection that prompted this specifically). Other contributors, including Niall McAuley, BeachcomberAustralia and Bernard Healy advise that Mallin's son is the last surviving child of any of the participants executed after the Rising in 1916; Fr Joe Mallin is remaining active until very recently, at the age of 103...

Author: Dublin : Powell Press, 22 Parliament St

Collection: Irish Political Figures Photographic Collection

Date: Range c.1910-1920. Published c.1916.


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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Aug/2017 08:09:53

    Michael Mallin at wikipedia and in the 1911 census.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Aug/2017 08:19:58

    Wow, his son, Father Joseph Mallin, is apparently still alive! He would be 104 now.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 28/Aug/2017 08:23:37

    Under arrest with Constance Markievicz, in the archive.

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    • 28/Aug/2017 08:25:15

    The son, Father Joseph Mallin, tells his story in 2015 - youtu.be/hzaET7zxZy8 Ed. And recent (June 2017) developments - www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/son-103-seeks-...

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    • 28/Aug/2017 08:31:13

    Described here as a "Memorial Card" by www.flickr.com/photos/militaryarchives/ (Flickr is sometimes amazing) [https://www.flickr.com/photos/militaryarchives/8679474703/]

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    Bernard Healy

    • 28/Aug/2017 10:32:14

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Yup! To the best of my information Fr Mallin is still alive in Hong Kong.

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    • 28/Aug/2017 11:11:46

    Michael Mallin's last letter (unedited) to his wife Agnes Hickey - kilmainhamgaolmuseum.ie/collection/ - select the "Michael Mallin Letter (1916)" button. Ed. Amazed to see that such a personal letter was published so soon in the Australian press in September 1916 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/154379231 - with a postscript "His wife had often advised him to go to Australia, because, never strong in health, the Irish winter used to try him very much."

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 28/Aug/2017 11:54:27

    I've yet to read any compelling description or critique as to why he was appointed to a leadership role in Stephens Green. His British Army experience (bandsman, drummer?) was limited to minimal firearms training and beyond that, the opportunity of general observation. Events in Stephens Green proved no one in command had any military nous. This is not to question Mallin's character - it says more about Connolly's judgement.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 28/Aug/2017 11:58:55

    And the choice of Dun Laoghaire rail station as the edifice to be re-named in his honour in 1966 is another complete mystery. He had no known association with the town, or the railway. It's as if the powers that be had no other suitable building available. Is there any material out there discussing this?

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    Carol Maddock

    • 28/Aug/2017 12:53:22

    Sounding Exhibition Klaxon! If any of you haven't yet received your invitation to the opening of Photo Detectives (y)our Excellent Flickroonie Extravaganza Exhibition, then no need to resort to ticket touts! Just give me a shout on [email protected] and I'll sort you out...

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    O Mac

    • 28/Aug/2017 15:16:45

    The publisher, Powell Press, 22 Parliament St. Dublin (next door to Sunlight Chambers and now a pizza restaurant) printed for both sides in 1916 as can be seen here. Similar portraits of the 1916 leaders, printed by Powell's, were all taken by the Keogh Bros.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Aug/2017 00:12:18

    Thanks [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] and everyone! I've put Dún Laoghaire Micheál's question in the description - who knows, we may even get a bite :)

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    • 29/Aug/2017 10:26:53

    He witnessed and signed Countess Markiewicz's last will and testament here: source.southdublinlibraries.ie/bitstream/10599/9757/3/wm_... Courtesy of the Allen Library/South Dublin Libraries