While many clerics have supported the armed struggle of the IRA since 1916, the Capuchin Friars have been particularly noted for their republicanism.
One such Capuchin was Fr Aloysius Roche, the son of an Irish father and English mother, born in Scotland in 1886. He studied for the priesthood and, following his ordination, he was transferred to Dublin where he was attached to the Capuchin Order in Church Street.
Easter 1916, after almost a week of fighting Dublin city centre lies in ruins and the hopes for a Republic are in tatters. The garrisons of the GPO and the Four Courts have already surrendered though the other Volunteer garrisons remain under arms. A British Army staff car belonging to Brigadier General William Lowe makes its way through the ruins and rubble under a white flag. But there is no British officer inside. Remarkably the passengers consist of a Volunteer officer…
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