Brothers of the People: 400 years of Capuchin Franciscan Service in Ireland

by | 24 Feb, 2016 | News

As part of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Capuchin Franciscan Friars in Ireland, the Irish Capuchin Archives in conjunction with the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute (UCD) will hold a one day conference in Saint Mary of the Angels, Church Street, Dublin 7 on Saturday 27 February from 10.30am to 5.30pm.

This commemorative conference will be a public history event and it is expected to attract a diverse audience interested in the deep connection between the Capuchin Friars and key events in Irish history during the past four centuries.

Topics and speakers will include:

  • Dr John McCafferty (UCD) Fr Nicholas Archbold and the early Irish Capuchins in Dublin
  • Father Mícheál Mac Craith OFM (Collegio San Isidoro) Friar Nugent and the Franciscans: a not so friendly rivalry.
  • Dr John Borgonovo (UCC) The Exile, Death, and Repatriation of Father Dominic O’Connor, 1922-1958.
  • Dr Conor Mulvagh (UCD) Father Columbus Murphy and his personal narrative on the 1916 Rising.
  • Sonya Perkins (Irish Arts Review) Where and what is Ireland? – Father Senan Moynihan and Capuchin Annual
  • Ruth Sheehy (TCD) The Illustrations of Richard King for the Capuchin Annual, 1940-72.
  • Father Kieran Shorten OFM Cap. (Church Street Friary) A history of Irish Capuchin missionary work in Africa.

Entrance to the conference is free and all are welcome.

No booking is necessary but queries can be directed to


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