Patrick O’Hely, O.F.M., Bishop of Mayo and
Fr. Conn O’Rourke, O.F.M. martyred here 13-8-1579
Fr. Maurice MacEnraghty, from Kilmallock
Martyred in Clonmel 20-4-1585.
All three beatified 27-9-1992.
Monument in Their Memory unveiled
here on 14th June 1998 by
Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh O.F.M.
“Is beannaithe na mairbh a fhaigheann bás sa Tiarna”
Blessed are those who die in the Lord
With recent blogs rattling around upstairs, I was sorting out and putting my photographs from the past few months into folders. I came across these photographs from last June in Kilmallock.
The martyrs were beatified 16 years ago today which is probably reason enough for a blog entry and also for a trail of the internet to learn some more.
Beatification is the third of four steps on the road to sainthood. Wiki is unsure if Pope John Paul II beatified 1,327 or 1,340 people but says that he beatified more people than from 1590 upto his appointment. 17 Irish people were beatified on that one day in 1998.
Br. Dominic Collins appears to have been a soldier before becoming a brother in Spain. He returned to Ireland as a soldier and fought in battles. After the siege of Dunboy in 1602, all who were captured were executed except Br. Collins – first he was tortured to persuade him to revoke his religion but then, like his fellow soldiers, he too was executed.
He was a fighter. He came as a fighter. He was executed as were his fellow fighters. Why was he more important than his fellow fighters who were executed? Why is he a martyr and not his fellow soldiers? Were his actions as a soldier compatible with the Commandments or does that bring up an argument of a just war to overturn a state?
Matthew Lambert aided and abetted the escape of someone who had attempted to overthrow the state and was dealt with by the laws of the state at the time. There are some in prison now for aiding and abetting. They have been dealt with by the laws now in force.
Matthew Lambert was also asked as to his politics and religion and didn’t deny his beliefs. There have been many since who have died in prison who confirmed their beliefs before being executed.
Joseph Mary Plunkett prior to his execution is quoted as saying: “I am very happy I am dying for the glory of God and the honour of Ireland.” I haven’t read of proposals for his beatification.
Many can and probably have argued as to the validity and appropriateness of the laws of the state at the different times in question. Stepping outside that argument, the beatifications do appear to be an endorsement of violence against the state.
It was only sixteen years ago. It does cause to wonder as to separation of church and state in this country.
“Br. Dominic Collins
Dingle, Co. Kerry
Plaque to James Fitzmaurice Fitzgerald
“THERE’S WINE FROM THE ROYAL POPE
UPON THE OCEAN GREEN
AND SPANISH ALE SHALL BRING YOU
HOPE MY DARK ROSALEEN”
“Bishop Patrick Healy and Fr. Conn O’ Rourke
“Fr. Maurice MacKenraghty
“Matthew Lambert, Robert Myler, Edward Cheevers, Patrick Cavanagh and two unidentified sailors.