Serialisation of OUR MARTYRS by Fr Dennis MurphyTo listen to older episodes go to ourmartyrspodcast.blogspot.ie
Martyred on the 19th of May PATRICK O’CONOR AND MALACHY O’KELLY O. CIST, (Re-Upload)19/05/2020 Duration: 03min
(From Bruodin’s Propugnaculum, p. 449)PATRICK O’CONOR was descended from the very ancient and royal stock of the O’Conors in Connaught. Abandoning the deceitful pleasures of the world in the flower of youth, he made his religious profession in the celebrated monastery of Boyle,in the diocese of Elphin, in Connaught, among the most observant of the disciples of the Mellifluous Doctor,in the year of our Lord 1562. For twenty-three years he was seen to advance in every kind of virtue, in such a way that he became a shining light to his brethren by the practice of every good work. He was constant in prayer, and used to shed tears in abundance while so engaged. He was unwearied in works of charity, especially towards the sick. He was kindly to all, but he was very stern in chastising his own body. For the last fifteen years of his life he drank neither wine nor beer. He abstained from flesh meat during the whole time that he was a monk.The Almighty wishing to reward t
105 Fergal Ward OSF16/05/2020 Duration: 02min
(From Bruodin’s Propugnaculum, p. 698)HE was a native of Ulster, a religious of the Order of St. Francis of the Strict Observance, and a very famous preacher. He was seized treacherously by a certain Forbes, a Scotchman by birth, a cruel and barbarous rebel, who had the command of six pirate vessels given him by the parliament.Three months after he was taken prisoner, he was hanged, through hatred of the faith, from the yard-arm of a ship in the middle of the river Shannon, where this pirate was lying in wait for plunder for many weeks. He died at the end of October, 1642.Forbes had 1200 men under his command. He plunderd Kinsale, Galway, and both banks of the Shannon. The famous Hugh Peters was his chaplain during this expedition, and his Lordship was much guided by his advice. See Cartes Life of Ormonde,i. 347, andHardiman’s History of Galway, p.117
Martyred 15th of May 1601, JOHN O’KELLY, (re-upload)14/05/2020 Duration: 01min
THIS priest was a native of Connaught, and of noble birth.Having overcome various torments in defence of the Catholic faith, broken down by the noisomeness and hardships of the prison in which he was confined in the company of robbers, he gave up his soul to God on May 15th, 1601.
104 Edmund Hore & John Clancy10/05/2020 Duration: 01min
1642.(From the Barberini Archives, Rome.)ON March 9th, 1642, the Most Rev. Dr. Comerford, Bishop of Waterford, wrote to a friend resident in Paris.Last week, the President of Ulster, having received reinforcements, once more took the field, together with the Earl of Cork, the Earl of Barrymore, Lord Broghill, and Sir John Browne. Marching to Dungarvan and seizing on the Castle, they set fire to the town and put to death F. Edmund Hore and F. John Clancy, both priests, together with others of the principal citizens. They then sacked the place, and retired leaving a strong garrison in the Castle.’
Eneas Penny, Martyred during May 1582 (Re-upload of 2016 file)10/05/2020 Duration: 02min
1582.ENEAS PENNY(Ibid)THIS priest was a native of Connaught. He was slain by the heretical English soldiers in his parish church of Killatralwhile celebrating the sacrifice of the Mass, May 1582.See also Copinger.This name is not given in the list of towniands of the Ordnance Survey Copinger calls it Killagh.
Martyred on the 6th of may 1588: Sir Patrick Plunkett, Knight. (Re-upload)06/05/2020 Duration: 01min
(From Bruodin’s Propugnaculum, p.456)HE was a native of Meath. Because he upheld the Catholic religion, he was hanged and quartered in Dublin. Wherefore, fighting bravely for Christ to the end, he obtained the martyr’s crown, and an increase of honour of his most illustrious family.He suffered May 6th 1588.This is probably the same person who is called by Copinger Sir Patrick of the Anally.Spic. Ossor., iii.42
Martyred on the 6th of may 1578: Maurice Gibbon, Archbishop of Cashel (Re-upload)06/05/2020 Duration: 01min
MAURICE GIBBON, a native of Munster, and Archbishop of Cashel, a prelate endowed with every kind of virtue, was confined in prison for many yearsin Cork because he refused to take the oath of Supremacy, and endured therein endless misery. He ended his life very holily there,on May 6th, 1578.In his letter to Pope Gregory XIII. He speaks of his creberrims vincula.’ Spic. Ossor., i.70Holing, however, says he died at Oporto. Ibid., p.83
Richard Frinch, martyred on the 5th of May 1581, (Re-upload)04/05/2020 Duration: 01min
RICHARD FRINCH(From Bruodin’s Propugnaculum, p.443)He was a native of Wexford, and a pious and prudent priest.He was imprisoned in Dublin, and for three years in succession he had to endure the filth and other miseries of the place, with robbers for his constant companions, because he defended the Catholic faith strenuously. At last he was sentenced to die, and was sent to Wexford to be executed in the usual way.But he died in the prison before he was taken out to be executed in public, May 5th, 1581.See also Holing, Rothe, Copinger, Molanus, and Lynch.
103 Peter O'Higgin O.P.03/05/2020 Duration: 10min
(From O’DaIy’s Relatio, p. 335)On the martyrdom of the Prior of Naas, a famous preacher of the word of God.
Martyred on this day 30-4-1585: Maurice Kireghtin (Re-upload)29/04/2020 Duration: 25min
On the martyrdom of Fr Maurice Kireghtin in 1585.
Martyred on this day in 1575, Fergal Ward OSF27/04/2020 Duration: 02min
(From Bruodin’s Propugnaculum, p. 427)FERGALL WARD, a native of Tyrconnell,a member of the Seraphic Order of St. Francis, was a very eloquent preacher and most observant of poverty. He had laboured zealously for three years in the vineyard of the Lord, and was then promoted to be Guardian of the convent of Armagh about the year 1575.At this time the plague of heresy, introduced by Elizabeth, was raging through-out Ulster.Ward opposed it as a skilful physician. Wherefore he was seized by the Ministers of Elizabeth, and no regard being had for his great age or religious character, he was scourged cruelly and beaten. At length when the holy martyr, persevering in his good purpose, exhorted his executioners to return to a better life, by order of the ministers he was hanged with his own girdle on the 28th of April, 1575, as Father John Goodwrites, or in 1565, as Wadding states in his work on the Martyrs of the Order.See also Ward, Wadding, and Hueber.The present Co. DonegalHe came to Ir
Remembering Martyrs on this day, Teigue O'Morachue O.S.F. martyred in 158227/04/2020 Duration: 02min
Re-upload of the episode on the martyrdom of Teigue O'Morachue O.S.F.I have chosen today to remember him as it is the anniversary of Peter Powers appointment as Bishop of Ferns in 1582.
102 Peter Higgins O.P.27/04/2020 Duration: 02min
Narration of the report in De Burgo's Hib Dom of the martyrdom of Dominican Peter Higgins O.P. in 1642
H. The Cromwellians19/04/2020 Duration: 31min
Regarding steps taken by the Cromwellians to persecute Catholics in Ireland.
Martyred on the 6th of March, 1590, MATTHEW O’LEYNE. O.S.F.07/03/2020 Duration: 01min
(From Hueber’s MartyrolOgiUm, p. 644)WHEN the English soldiers rushed madly into the convent of Kilcrea, on the river Bride, in Muskerry, they seized one of the brethren, Matthew O’Leyne, an aged priest, as he was striving to escape from them across the river, and cruelly pierced him through with their spears, March 6th, 1590.See also Wadding and Ward.Founded by Cormac Laidher McCarthy, lord of Muskerry, in 1465. The castle of that branch of the McCarthys is close by.
Anniversary of martyrdom: Patrick Humbert & others of the Trinitarian Convent Dublin25/02/2020 Duration: 06min
Martyred on the 25th & 26th of February 1539.The Trinitarian convent of Dublin was one of the principal houses of the Order in Ireland.It was founded In 1188 by allured Le Palmer.It Stood on the site now Occupied by the Augustinian church, Thomas Street, and was dedicated to St. John the Baptist.The building was large and ornamental, its revenues were considerable and the Community numbered about fifty.On the first news reaching them of the King’s wicked design to subvert the Catholic faith and introduce a new creed, the former Provincial, Father Theobald, wrote to his successor suggesting that a meeting of the leading men of the Order should be convened in Dublin, to take the necessary measures in face of the danger that was imminent.The Provincial presided Besides the superiors of houses, several other members remarkable for their learning and virtue were present; among them we find the names of FF. Thaddeus O’Brien, of Kilkenny, John Hogan, and William Hurley.When the Chapter had assembled, each g
Guardian & Brethren of the Franciscan Convent Monaghan. Re-posted on anniversary of order's foundation24/02/2020 Duration: 01min
I am re-posting this on the anniversary of the foundation of the Franciscan order by Saint Francis of Assisi.