Murphy, Columbus, 1881-1962, Capuchin priest

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Murphy, Columbus, 1881-1962, Capuchin priest

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17 June 1881-20 Feb. 1962

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Daniel Murphy was born on 17 June 1881 in Cork. He was baptised in St. Finbarr’s Church on 19 June 1881. His parents were James and Sarah Murphy (née Flynn) of Ethelville, Western Road, Cork city. A student at Rochestown College, Cork, he applied for entrance to the Capuchin novitiate in August 1898 taking the religious name of Columbus. During the 1916 Rising Fr. Columbus played an important role in bringing about a cessation of hostilities. The day after the surrender of the Four Courts garrison on 29 April there was still confusion in North King Street and in other locations as to whether this was a truce or a complete surrender. To clarify, Fr. Columbus went to the Four Courts to retrieve Patrick Pearse’s note which had led to the surrender of Commandant Edward Daly. He later negotiated with the British military to arrange a personal meeting with Pearse in Arbour Hill and brought a copy of the surrender order to Commandant Patrick Holohan at North Brunswick Street. Between 30 April and 4 May Fr. Columbus was called upon to minister to prisoners in Kilmainham Jail prior to their executions. He later compiled a memoir recording his experiences of ministering to various rebel leaders awaiting their court martials and sentencing (IE CA IR-1-2-6). Fr. Columbus subsequently acted as President of Father Mathew Hall, Church Street, Dublin, from 1925-8. He died on 20 February 1962.

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See ‘My experiences in the 1916 Rising by Father Columbus OSFC’. https://catholicarchives.ie/index.php/my-experiences-in-the-1916-rising-by-father-columbus-osfc

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