Dublin Priest’s World War One Diaries Launched Online

By Lynn Glanville

Fr Gleeson Papers

The World War One diaries of a Dublin priest have been made digitally available for scholars, researchers and members of the public. For the first time, experts in the Dublin Diocesan Archive and the Digital Library in University College Dublin have worked together transcribing and digitising diaries and papers of Fr Francis Gleeson, a Dublin priest who ministered to soldiers in the First World War.

The new digitised collection was officially launched yesterday evening (Monday April 27) by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin at a reception in Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, in Clonliffe. The event was attended by members of Fr Gleeson’s family as well as the British and French Ambassadors to Ireland and Archbishop Michael Jackson.

Fr Francis Gleeson, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin, was Chaplain to the Royal Munster Fusiliers as they faced battle on the Western Front. He was the priest depicted in the world famous painting,
The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois by Fortunino Matania, where he is seen mounted on a horse, giving absolution to the troops on the eve of the Battle of Aubers Ridge in May 1915.

Fr Gleeson kept meticulous handwritten diaries of his time …read more

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