Last Descendent of Rising Leader Awarded Freedom of the City of Dublin
By Áine Mc Manamon, Advertising and Editorial Assistant
April / May 2016
A 102-year old Jesuit priest in Hong Kong, who is also the last living son of executed Rising leader Michael Mallin, was awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin.
Mallin, was presented with the award at a ceremony in Hong Kong in March. Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaig stated that Fr. Mallin isn’t just receiving this award due to fact that he is the only remaining living child of one of the 1916 rising executed leaders, but also for his devout work in Hong Kong since he was positioned there in 1948.
Michael Mallin was second in command of the Irish Citizen Army under James Connolly and was positioned at St Stephen’s Green during the Rising.
Mallin’s final letter to his wife had a message for his son. “Joseph, my little man, be a priest if you can,” and it was from this request that Joseph, who was only two when his father was executed, joined the Jesuits.
“My father, I think, was rather quiet but very thoughtful about the political things and the state Ireland was in. He was determined to do something about it for the good of the people – the good of the country,” Mallin told An Phoblacht.
“He would follow what he thought was right and just, no matter what the consequences were.” ♦