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Fr. John Flanagan,
Very Rev. John Flanagan,
born 24 Feb 1872, Dublin. [Condren]
says he was educ at "the University School in Sandymount" (unidentified,
perhaps means C.U.S.).
He was educ at
boarding school in
studied for priesthood at
Clonliffe College, Dublin.
Then educ at
Pontifical Urban University
Listed as "B.A."
Came back to Ireland c.1895.
Ordained 1 Mar 1896 at Clonliffe
He must be John Flanagan, curate,
Balrothery church, Balbriggan, Co.Dublin,
[Thom's] in 1897.
He is listed as a curate at
St. Michael and John's church, Lr Exchange St, Temple Bar, Dublin,
in [Thom's] from 1898 to 1901,
living 7 Lr Exchange St.
with other clergy
at 7 Lr Exchange St
Curate and P.P. of the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 1902 to 1925:
He is listed as a
in [Thom's] from 1902 to 1923,
living in The Presbytery, 82-83 Marlborough St.
with other clergy
at 82 Marlborough St
He was a witness in a court case
where a man just out of prison forged a letter from Fr. John
to try to get money from another clergyman.
Fr. John stated he had never even met this man.
See Irish Independent, Nov 27, 1912.
on a book,
the Manual of Catholic Piety,
given by him in 1914 to his young nephew
in New Zealand.
The 1916 Rising: The Easter Rising
started on Monday 24 April 1916.
The rebel HQ was at the GPO, very close to the Pro-Cathedral.
was called to the GPO by the rebels on Monday night to hear confessions.
He attended wounded and dying in the GPO and in the streets nearby
during the week of fighting.
The Pro-Cathedral was threatened by fire.
He helped pack up the parish records and other valuables.
Ultimately, the fire did not reach the cathedral.
He was called back to the GPO on Thursday 27 April
to comfort the wounded
and give last rites to the dying.
He attended to the wounded James Connolly
in the GPO.
On evening of Friday 28 April,
Fr. John blessed The O'Rahilly at the GPO
before he left to meet his death.
O'Rahilly said to him:
"Father, we shall never meet again in this world."
On Friday night he escorted women and wounded out of the GPO to hospital,
in a difficult journey across streets raging with gunfire.
He is listed as P.P. of the
Pro-Cathedral in [Thom's] 1924 and 1925,
living in The Presbytery, Marlborough St.
P.P. of Fairview and Marino:
He is listed as
NE Dublin, in [Thom's] from 1926 on,
lived the Presbytery, Fairview.
He is also written as
"P.P. of Marino"
(before 1942, Marino was part of Fairview Parish).
He built Marino church 1926-28,
"probably the first church built after the State was set up"[Liam Cosgrave].
This is the
Church of St.Vincent de Paul,
Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.
Foundation stone laid 2 May 1926.
Apparently NOT 1928.
Church finished 1928.
Two schools were also built beside the church.
The Solemn opening was performed on 7 Oct 1928
by Dr. Edward Byrne, Archbishop of Dublin.