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    A forthcoming book based on the memoir of British Army chaplain George Kendall who was present with the British reinforcements in 1916 and saw many of the events there first-hand, including James Connolly's last hours before his execution.

    Atheist James Connolly turned to God hours before his death according to British Army chaplain

    The revelation is contained in a manuscript found in an old filing box of documents in England which chronicles the life of British Army chaplain George Kendall.

    He was at Connolly’s side in the hours before the Citizen’s army leader was executed for his part in leading the 1916 rising against British rule in Ireland.

    The proposed book, entitled ‘Daring All things – My Story’ gives a first-hand account of the capture of the rebel leaders.
    Amazing what you can find left lying around.

    Apparently there really are no atheists in foxholes:

    “Speaking to me on the first visit, he said in answer to a question of mine about his attitude – ‘You must know the saying.’ ‘What saying?’ I asked. And he replied: ‘The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.’ This too was the saying I heard as I spoke to his men in the Dublin Castle hospital.

    “Listening, I felt it was not my duty to condemn, or argue. Connolly was, for years, a professed agnostic, but at the hour of death, he returned to the faith of his fathers.

    “That night a Catholic priest was admitted to the hospital and he administered Holy Communion to Connolly and gave him absolution.
    Whether or not Connolly returned to the faith of anything is for me the least interesting part of the account, though I can understand why the priest would express a professional concern.

    Definitely a take on the 1916 Rising from a pro-Empire point of view:

    He wrote: “Personally, I was fond of the Irish people and therefore overwhelmed by this tragedy caused by the misguidance of the leaders of the rebellion.

    “But there was another cause. Many loyal and committed men told me it was their considered opinion that the outbreak would have been impossible but for the gross and unpardonable laxity, long continued, of the Irish government at that time.”
    With vivid first-hand details like this, could be a very useful source when it's published:

    “I stood in the middle of blazing streets with snipers’ bullets whizzing around. I entered Liberty Hall when it was captured. I visited Dublin Castle and talked to our wounded and the Sinn Feiners. They were lying in the same wards and receiving the same treatment.”

    The book also details how, after witnessing the capture of Countess Markievicz ‘in her brilliant green male uniform’, Kendall was given her fur rug and kept it for years ‘until it perished of moth’.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little_Korean View Post
    A forthcoming book based on the memoir of British Army chaplain George Kendall who was present with the British reinforcements in 1916 and saw many of the events there first-hand, including James Connolly's last hours before his execution.

    Atheist James Connolly turned to God hours before his death according to British Army chaplain



    Amazing what you can find left lying around.

    Apparently there really are no atheists in foxholes:



    Whether or not Connolly returned to the faith of anything is for me the least interesting part of the account, though I can understand why the priest would express a professional concern

    Definitely a take on the 1916 Rising from a pro-Empire point of view:



    With vivid first-hand details like this, could be a very useful source when it's published:
    That shredding sound you hear is the rapid
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    I remember seeing in the Archives of the National Library in Kildare St. some letters sent by the leaders of the Rising while they awaited execution.

    There was a great difference between say Pearse's writings, and the yearning, poignant letter sent by--I think it was--Michael O'Hanrahan to his wife, where he longed to hold his little boy in his arms again...

    Also there is a copy of a note scrawled in the rain by the British commanding officer General John Maxwell, and given to Nurse O'Farrell commending her efficiency in helping with the orderly surrender of the battalions and hoping that this would be taken into account if she were arrested

    The National Library is going to move out the Yeats exhibition and install a 1916 exhibition in the next year or so

    Presumably all these fascinating documents, letters and diaries will be on display...

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    The minister recalls "the capture and execution" of the 1916 leader.
    Spot the error!

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    "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance", I think were the reported words of the man.

    If true, they were as appropriate then as they are now.
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    Glad to see he converted in the end- in spite of Church teaching at the time, I would hope that anyone cool enough to shoot at the British Empire deserves the 40 virgin treatment. Quite surprised to hear about the "fur rug" of Countess Markievicz, though decidedly unsurprised to hear that it "perished of moth"- she never struck me a fun-loving type.
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    Am I the only one surprised to hear this about Connolly - and why we hadnt heard this before now. When was the diary written -exactly how long after the supposed event?

    also - the chaplain says he was also in Dublin on some secret business - was he a spook and was the writings intended for some black propaganda purpose - or perhaps they were accurate. Still, I find it very odd that no-one else present had raised this before now.

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    James Connolly, the Marxist.

    No thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Radix View Post
    "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance", I think were the reported words of the man.

    If true, they were as appropriate then as they are now.
    James Connolly was most certainly NOT interested in Liberty.
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    This is quite interesting wonder if its true im his great great grandson and never heard any thing like that from my nan.

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