Sisters of the Revolutionaries

Reviewed by Msgr. Francis A. Carbine The story of Margaret and Mary Brigid Pearse has been eclipsed by that of their brothers, Patrick and William Pearse. Both men were executed in May, 1916, for their role in the Easter Rising.… Continue Reading

Brian McCaul: Pride of County Tyrone

Brian McCaul. Photo - Denise Foley

By Msgr Francis A. Carbine “For my first day attending St. John’s Primary School in Moy, County Tyrone, my  mother made me a suit of soft brown fabric with a Nehru jacket. I wore short pants reaching to my knees.” … Continue Reading

REBELLION THAT STIRRED THE WORLD

1916 Irish Easter Rising

By Msgr. Francis A. Carbine The book, The 1916 Irish Rebellion, is a “Triumph.” Published by the University of Notre Dame Press on the centennial of the Rising, this book is a triumph of research, documentation, layout and a prose… Continue Reading

Luke Dillon and Joseph McGarrity – Heroes Deserve the Best

Above: AOH Div. 25 Honor Guard. Photo – Tom Keenan By Msgr. Francis A. Carbine The weather was post-card perfect. Forsythia and magnolia flowers fulfilled expectations. Ornamental trees sported buds alive with promise. The breeze was tailored to the colorful flags, and… Continue Reading

Finding Private Maguire

By Msgr. Francis A. Carbine During the summer, 2014, John McDevitt of Ardmore, Pa., visited the National Library of Ireland, Dublin, to research Catholic Sacramental Registers available on microfilm. His particular interest was the parish of Donaghpatrick, Diocese of Tuam,… Continue Reading

The Day of the Rope 2012

Photo Above: Msgr. Francis A. Carbine (right) is with Father Patrick Gallen Schoenauer and Father John McFadden.  Photo | Victor Izzo By Msgr. Francis A. Carbine I never imagined that I would celebrate Mass inside a cellblock in a prison presided… Continue Reading