The Jesuits and 1916


Embedded in the Irish Jesuit Archives are vignettes of Jesuit involvement and immediate reaction to the Easter Rising. In 1916, Irish Jesuits ran schools and churches in Dublin, Galway, Kildare and Limerick, and taught at University College Dublin. They involved themselves in missions, retreats, the Pioneers and had a number of publications. Over a quarter of their number laboured in schools and parishes in Australia. Belvedere College, on the north side of Dublin, had over twenty past pupils involved in the Easter Rising. Joseph Mary Plunkett and Reginald Cleary died on opposing sides.