Senator Mark Daly, member of the All Party Decade of Commemorations, has joined President Higgins and Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Chairman of the Decade of Commemorations Committee, in sending birthday wishes to Father Joseph Mallin on his 100th birthday, this coming Friday.
Early last week the Senator sent a letter along with letters from the Minister and President with a grand niece of Fr Mallin who will be in Hong Kong for the birthday Celebrations. Senator Daly is also encouraging members of the public to send best wishes to Father Mallin who is the last surviving child of any of the Easter Rising leaders.
Father Joseph Mallin was just two years old when along with his mother he visited his father, Michael, prior to his execution at Kilmainham Gaol for his role in the Easter Rising. As Chief of Staff of the Irish Citizen Army, Michael Mallin was second-in-command to James Connolly.
Before he was shot, on May 8, 1916, Michael wrote to his family, telling his baby son: “Joseph, my little man, be a priest if you can.”
Joseph became a priest. He is now entering his 100th year and lives in Hong Kong, China. There, he worked at the Wah Yan College, a Roman Catholic secondary school for boys run by the Society of Jesus, Ireland.
Michael Mallin was survived by his wife Agnes, his three sons (including Joseph) and two daughters, the youngest of whom was not born until four months after his death.
Senator Daly commented, "As we enter the run up to the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising we must remember that the families of the volunteers should be central to all commemoration and celebrations, while we welcome all nations to attend our celebrations we must ensure the families of those who gave so much are at the centre of the commemorations for the 1916 Easter Rising."